Idioms

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Idioms

Idioms related to Chicken

don’t count your chickens before they hatch

don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Meaning

  • 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

Example Sentences

  1. Before committing to make the payment, wait till you receive the money from the bank. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Why not wait till you get the confirmation? Aren’t you counting your chickens before they have hatched?

Origin

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

count chicken

count chicken

Meaning

  • 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

Example Sentences

  1. It is not good to start counting your chickens when you do not even have the cash to start your own venture.
  2. 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.
  3. People who count their chickens before they hatch are often disappointed.
  4. 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.
  5. I know you have motivated plans for your industrial endeavor, but don’t count your chicken.

Origin

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.

See also: don’t count your chickens before they hatch