get ahead of (oneself)

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get ahead of (oneself)

To plan or become overly excited for a possible future event. A: "I love this house, I can't wait to live here!" B: "Whoa, the sellers still have to accept your offer, so don't get ahead of yourself." I think she's getting ahead of herself here—I mean, they've only been dating a few weeks, and she's practically planning their wedding.
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get ahead of oneself

Fig. [for someone] to do or say something sooner than it ought to be done so that the proper explanation or preparations have not been made. I have to stick to my notes or I will get ahead of myself in my lecture. When he bought a new little bicycle before the baby was born, he was getting ahead of himself.
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"But we can't get ahead of ourselves. We have to make sure we get consistency in our game and that we play like that again on Saturday.
"Let us not get ahead of ourselves, we are just thinking about tonight's game.