Watched Pot Never Boils

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When you are waiting for something but will not happen when you are concentrating,

Etymology:

  • The water in the pot will eventually boil if someone puts fire under it. On the contrary, if you just stand there watching the pot, it seems to take a very long time for boiling. The idiom is used for explaining the fact that anxiety or impatience can’t speed up the things, they even make the time feeling longer.
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It is better to do something else besides waiting for the boss. A watched pot never boils.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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set potten koger aldrig

냄비가 끓지 않아요

izledim pot asla kaynar

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    Alex
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