don't count your chickens before they hatch

don't plan your future according to events that may or may not take place, don't depend on something whose outcome is uncertain, do not count on things too soon particularly if you don't have them yet

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • don't count your chickens before they hatch — do not expect all plans to be successful, wait until you get the final results    Look at the sales I m going to make this month over 50! Don t count your chickens …   English idioms

  • don’t count your chickens before they are hatched — An instruction not to make, or act upon, an assumption (usually favourable) which might turn out to be wrong. The metaphorical phrase to count one’s chickens is also used. c 1570 T. HOWELL New Sonnets C2 Counte not thy Chickens that vnhatched be …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • count your chickens — ◇ If you count your chickens or (US) count your chickens before they hatch or (Brit) before they re hatched, you believe that something you want to happen will definitely happen before you know for certain that it really will. Don t count your… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hatch — 01. The eggs might not [hatch] because they got quite cold during the winter storm. 02. After the salmon eggs [hatch], the babies live in the gravel for a few weeks. 03. There is a salmon [hatchery] located near the mouth of the river. 04. The… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • hatch — see don’t count your chickens before they are hatched …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • superstitions —    Some recent folklorists shun the term superstition as being too pejorative, preferring the less value laden belief . This, however, is too broad a term and, for convenience, we have kept the older word, emboldened by the fact that it is… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • priority — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Precedence in time Nouns 1. priority, antecedence, anteriority, primogeniture; preexistence; precession; precursor, forerunner; past; premises. See precedence, ancestry, beginning. 2. precursor,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Adage — An adage (pronEng|ˈædɪdʒ), or adagium (Latin), is a short but memorable saying that holds some important fact of experience that is considered true by many people, or that has gained some credibility through its long use. It often involves a… …   Wikipedia

  • Soulful Tapestry — Infobox Album | Name = Soulful Tapestry Type = Album Artist = Honey Cone Released = 1971 Recorded = Genre = R B/Soul/Funk Length = 41:56 Label = Hot Wax HA 707 Producer = Angelo Bond, Ronald Dunbar, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland,… …   Wikipedia

  • max·im — /ˈmæksəm/ noun, pl ims [count] : a well known phrase that expresses a general truth about life or a rule about behavior My mother s favorite maxim [=saying] was “Don t count your chickens before they hatch.” [=don t assume that things will happen …   Useful english dictionary

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