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    Don't count your corpses before they croak

    Is the bolded sentence below an idiom?

    Don't count your corpses before they croak.

    What does it mean?

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    Re: Don't count your corpses before they croak

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Don't count your corpses before they croak.
    That's got to be a variation of Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

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    Re: Don't count your corpses before they croak

    And to clarify, if necessary: "croak" is an informal synonym for "die".

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    Re: Don't count your corpses before they croak

    Afterthought - it's quite a neat turn of phrase (it's got the same rhythm as the original) but it doesn't quite work: chickens do hatch (if you're lucky), so "Don't count your chickens before they hatch" means something like 'don't trust in something that might never happen'. But corpses don't croak. So the "they" in the "corpses" version refers not to the corpses but to the people who someone wants dead - which makes it not too difficult to understand in context, but very difficult to understand without.

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