count your chickens before they hatch

count your chickens before they hatch

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 hatch. 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 hatch, babe!
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch

count one's chickens before they hatch

Make plans based on events that may or may not happen. For example, You might not win the prize and you've already spent the money? Don't count your chickens before they hatch! or I know you have big plans for your consulting business, but don't count your chickens. This expression comes from Aesop's fable about a milkmaid carrying a full pail on her head. She daydreams about buying chickens with the milk's proceeds and becoming so rich from selling eggs that she will toss her head at suitors; she then tosses her head and spills the milk. Widely translated from the original Greek, the story was the source of a proverb and was used figuratively by the 16th century. Today it is still so well known that it often appears shortened and usually in negative cautionary form ( don't count your chickens).
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch
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Commenting on the chances of his proposal resolving the decree dispute, Berri, in remarks published by newspapers, was quoted as saying "Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
You don't want to count your chickens before they hatch but (a home quarter final) is the target.
If anything, you play it cool because you don't want to seem cocky, you don't want to count your chickens before they hatch and you don't want to get ahead of yourself," she says.
You never can count your chickens before they hatch, and for us we like being 12th," Busch said, "but yet we're not locked in, so I look forward to catching guys like Truex and Harvick and Bowyer, possibly, in these next (three) races to help put pressure on them.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch in business but do all the research you can.
So don't count your chickens before they hatch, and enjoy the arrival of spring--knowing that with the right amount of sunshine, water and loving care, dreams can take tangible form in a thriving business and the stacks and stacks of high-denomination currency that this success, in turn, creates.
It's dangerous to count your chickens before they hatch.
That rule is: Never count your chickens before they hatch.
The merger will create continuous employment for endless numbers of communicators whose job will be to win buy-in for the notion that you had better count your chickens before they hatch.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch in business but do all the research you can even if it means giving up some of your spare time this weaken.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch but do all paperwork and preparations as you'd originally promised yourself you would.