be careful what you wish for(, it might (just) come true)

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be careful what you wish for(, it might (just) come true)

cliché When we desire for some thing or situation to drastically change, the reality of the outcome might end up being worse than how things were before. A: "It's all so unfair! I wish I didn't even have a family!" B: "Hey—be careful what you wish for! I bet you'd regret saying that if anything bad ever happened to us or your brother!" A: "I want so badly to be a famous superstar singer!" B: "I've heard that they tend to have the most stressful, joyless lives in the world. So be careful what you wish for, it might come true."
See also: careful, come, might, what, wish
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