Don't Count Your Chickens before They Hatch

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To warn someone to wait until the expected good thing has really happened till then avoid making further plans

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  • A story written by Aesop described an incident of a woman carrying a basket of eggs. Throughout her way, she made plans about how much chickens she would get when all the eggs hatched and how much profit she’ll have for her chickens. As she was so excited, she dropped her egg basket and all eggs cracked.
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I spent lots of money and time in business with Mike and was anticipating good outcomes, but all in vain. I shouldn’t have counted my chickens before they hatched.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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