count your chickens

count your chickens

To make plans based on future events that might not happen. A shortened form of the phrase "Count your chickens before they're hatched." Often used in the negative. When my mom heard that I was preparing my campaign before even being nominated, she warned me, "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched." Why are you begging to drive my car to school tomorrow when you still need to take your license test in the morning? Don't count your chickens, babe!
See also: chicken, count

count your chickens

treat something that has not yet happened as a certainty. informal
This phrase refers to the proverb don't count your chickens before they're hatched .
See also: chicken, count
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Like many, I remember the warnings of parents and teachers to never count your chickens before they are hatched, and to never keep all your eggs in one basket.
1 in running, but while he was travelling best, eventual winner Snowball was always on his quarters and when the former hit the last the picture changed pretty quickly, just showing you can never count your chickens too early in jump racing.
You go into the final round tied for the lead with another great player like Jim Furyk and you certainly never count your chickens like it's going to be an easy walk in the park.
SIR - Don't count your chickens (before they're hatched).
You can never count your chickens but this will put the team that wins in the power seat for the group.
It loosely translates as "Don't count your chickens until they're hatched"]
Summary: As the saying goes, don't count your chickens before they've hatched.
So you take nothing for granted and don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
THERE is an old saying: "Don''t count your chickens before they''ve hatched.
He said: "Mathematically we are not guaranteed anything and in football you can't count your chickens, but we are nearly there.
Treganna: don't count your chickens before they have hatched.
He added: "It's hard getting players because just when you think you have got someone it can go wrong, and until they are signed you never count your chickens.
But I learned last year you can't count your chickens early.
This is similar to "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.