don't count your chickens before they're hatched

v. 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're hatched. — Don t count (your) chickens (before they re hatched). something that you say in order to warn someone to wait until a good thing they are expecting has really happened before they make any plans about it. You might be able to get a loan from the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • don't count your chickens before they're hatched — ► don t count your chickens before they re hatched proverb don t be too confident in anticipating success before it is certain. Main Entry: ↑count …   English terms dictionary

  • don't count your chickens (before they're hatched) — don’t count your chickens (before they’re hatched) phrase used for telling someone not to make plans that depend on the success of something until they are certain that it is successful Thesaurus: ways of warning or advising someonesynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • don't count your chickens (before they are hatched) — don t count your ˈchickens (before they are ˈhatched) idiom (saying) you should not be too confident that sth will be successful, because sth may still go wrong Main entry: ↑countidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • don't count your chickens before they're hatched — I see count I II proverb don t be too confident in anticipating success or good fortune before it is certain I wouldn t count your chickens I ve agreed to sign the contract but that s all I ve agreed to …   Useful english dictionary

  • don't catch your chickens before they're hatched — This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ( Don t count your chickens until they ve hatched is an alternative.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • don't catch your chickens before they're hatched —    This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ( Don t count your chickens until they ve hatched is an alternative.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Don't count chickens before they're hatched. — Don t count (your) chickens (before they re hatched). something that you say in order to warn someone to wait until a good thing they are expecting has really happened before they make any plans about it. You might be able to get a loan from the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Don't count your chickens. — Don t count (your) chickens (before they re hatched). something that you say in order to warn someone to wait until a good thing they are expecting has really happened before they make any plans about it. You might be able to get a loan from the… …   New idioms dictionary

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