(be) careful what you wish for

Definition of (be) careful what you wish for

used to tell people to think before they say that they want something and to suggest that they may not actually want it
  • You think having twins would be fun? Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.

Word by Word Definitions

careful play
  1. : solicitous, anxious

  2. : filling with care or solicitude

  3. : exercising or taking care

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

wish play
  1. : to have a desire for (something, such as something unattainable)

  2. : to give expression to as a wish : bid

  3. : to give form to (a wish)

  1. : an act or instance of wishing or desire : want

  2. : an object of desire : goal

  3. : an expressed will or desire : mandate


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