count your chickens before they're hatched

count your chickens before they're hatched

To celebrate, plan, or begin to take advantage of a potential positive future outcome before it has happened or been accomplished. Often issued as a warning and preceded by "don't." You're preparing your acceptance speech before even being nominated? 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? Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, babe!
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch
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This is similar to "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
Also, there's an old saying in County Tyrone, where I come from, which says 'don't burn the black suit', which means don't count your chickens before they're hatched.