One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
2proverb Don't be too confident in anticipating success or good fortune before it is certain.‘I wouldn't count your chickens—I've agreed to sign the contract but that's all I've agreed to’
- ‘He is scheduled to be the next chairman of the council and, although he does not want to count his chickens before they are hatched, is rationalising his commitments.’
- ‘He was feeling better, but didn't want to count his chickens.’
- ‘I'm not sure we're ready to throw out names just yet, only because we don't want to count our chickens before they hatch.’
- ‘I am reluctant to count any chickens before they're hatched, so I will make no predictions, but I will let you all know as soon as anything happens.’
- ‘We are feeling positive but not counting any chickens.’
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