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speak too soon

To say something that is soon negated or contradicted. This phrase is usually used in the past tense, as the negating factor has already happened. A: "Who's screaming at each other upstairs?" B: "Well, I thought we'd get through a normal family dinner, but I guess I spoke too soon!" A: "I think we'll soon be in the clear." B: "Don't speak too soon—we're not out of this yet."
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speak too soon

Assume something prematurely, as in I guess I spoke too soon about moving to Boston; I didn't get the job after all.
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speak too ˈsoon

say something, and find afterwards that what you said is not true: ‘I’m glad Simon didn’t come.’ ‘You spoke too soon. Here he comes now.’
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In speaking seriously to her on the previous night, he had committed the mistake of speaking too soon.
Parang speaking too soon or shooting from the hip ano, kasi syempre pagka may sinabi ang Secretary of Justice, dapat beripikadong-beripikado, dapat i-factcheck, tapos check and check.
Sturgeon said pro-Brexit voices who claim "the sky hasn't fallen in" are speaking too soon.
So it is beginning to stabilise a little bit, but I might be speaking too soon.
I HOPE I'm not speaking too soon but it appears that Wales has turned a significant corner in the long-term battle against bovine TB.
I hope I''m not speaking too soon, but the announcement that Leeds-based businessman Marc Green is the new owner should bring some stability to the club.
It may be speaking too soon to say that India will no longer miss the legendary batsman in the one-day format, but life without him over a year has certainly put the team on the road to self-sufficiency.
We may be speaking too soon in ruling out the appointment of a minister from Marine Le Pen's party should President Nicolas Sarkozy win re-election.
That doesn't alter the fact that, far from controlling the agenda by speaking too soon, Alexander has joined an elite band of ministers who have still to learn that it's worth pausing before acting - unless you want to guarantee a U-turn.
Kipp has learned a valuable lesson about speaking too soon.
Sam thomas once stated his worst habit is talking too fast - but don't be surprised if that changes to speaking too soon.
There's always the fear of speaking too soon with these operations but it would seem the force has got things just right in its approach.
The other bonus for us at the moment - and I hope I''m not speaking too soon here - is that we''re almost at full-strength right now.
But Barnes feels that any critics who feel his presence on the international stage is over are speaking too soon.
NOW maybe I'm speaking too soon since I have two of them myself, but what dad wants to see his daughter splashed across the national newspapers with practically nothing on?