don’t count your chickens before they hatch
- do not count on something that has not yet happened
- don’t make plans based on a good thing happening before it has actually happened
- don’t expect all your hopes to come true
- don’t base your plan on a future event happening
- don’t assume to have everything you want until you have them
- Before committing to make the payment, wait till you receive the money from the bank. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
- Though he was leading the race, he had started celebrating even before the finish line, and in the process lost his lead. He had counted his chickens before they hatched.
- You may get the job, but don’t count your chickens before they hatch; wait till you get the offer letter before you throw the party.
- Why not wait till you get the confirmation? Aren’t you counting your chickens before they have hatched?
This is a very old phrase and is believed to have existed in many forms and in different cultures. It is also seen in a tale in the Aesop’s fables, which originated in the 600 – 550 BC.
See also: count chicken
Meaning: not brave.
Example: These chicken hearted bosses always seem to give in at the first sign of a strike.
- make plans based on events that may or may not happen
- to start making plans about something that is based on something in the future which may or may not happen
- to make a plan about how the benefits of something will be utilized before it has even materialized
- usually referred to monetary benefits being allocated for causes without actually earning or receiving the money
- It is not good to start counting your chickens when you do not even have the cash to start your own venture.
- She has been counting her chickens before they hatched and has already bought a dress even though nobody has asked her to the ball yet.
- People who count their chickens before they hatch are often disappointed.
- I had told him to not count his chickens before they hatch. Now he regrets paying the down payment on the car that he is no longer able to afford.
- I know you have motivated plans for your industrial endeavor, but don’t count your chicken.
The origin is speculated to be a part of the ancient British English language when poultry and animal farming was a major source of earning an income. The chicken eggs would not always hatch out and hence a farmer counting the chicken eggs before they hatch would be over-estimating his future profits.
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