A watched pot never boils

A watched pot never boils.

something that you say which means if you wait anxiously for something to happen, it seems to take a very long time There's no point sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring. A watched pot never boils.
See also: boil, never, pot, watch
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We discussed Sunday dinners and how a watched pot never boils.
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