count one's chickens (before they hatch)


variants or British count one's chickens before they're hatched
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).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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