count\ one's\ chickens\ until\ they\ are\ hatched

v. phr. informal
To depend on getting a profit or gain before you have it; make plans that suppose something will happen; be too sure that something will happen. Usually used in negative sentences: Don't count on things to turn out exactly as you planned them.

When Jim said that he would be made captain of the team, John told him not to count his chickens before they were hatched.

Maybe some of your customers won't pay, and then where will you be? Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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