Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get ahead of yourself

get ahead of yourself
Meaning(s)
1) to be overconfident
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • do not get ahead of yourself
  • Analysis
    To 'get ahead of yourself' means to prematurely plan or to do something too early on or before you are properly prepared. If you are getting ahead of yourself you might be focusing on events in the future before dealing with things in the present. "She's really getting ahead of herself she has all the furniture bought for the new house but the mortgage hasn't even been approved yet." " We can spend a lot of time arguing about how to market the product but I think we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let's get the design right first."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Paul; you're getting ahead of yourself buying boy's clothes for your unborn child. You don't even know if it's a boy or a girl yet!
    2. We're an excellent team and rightly favourites to win the final on Sunday, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. We still have to go out and beat a good team to earn the trophy.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We are getting ahead of ourselves planning far into the future. Let's focus on the next few months first.
    2. We know we have a very busy period ahead so I'd like us to get ahead of ourselves in any way we can.
    3. You're getting ahead of yourself picturing yourself in the manager's office, you don't know if you got the promotion yet.
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