count one's chickens (before they hatch)

idiom
variants: or British count one's chickens before they're hatched

Definition of count one's chickens (before they hatch)

usually used in negative statements to mean that someone should not depend on something hoped for until he or she knows for certain that it will happen Don't count your chickens (before they hatch)—you don't know yet if she will accept your offer.

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“Count one's chickens (before they hatch).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/count%20one%27s%20chickens%20%28before%20they%20hatch%29. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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