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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.
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.