A watched pot never boils

a watched pot never boils

When you want something to happen, paying attention to it will make the wait feel much longer. The doctor is never going to call with your test results if you sit by the phone. A watched pot never boils, after all.
See also: boil, never, pot, watch

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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