cross a bridge when one comes to it

Also, cross that bridge when you come to it. Deal with a situation when, and not before, it occurs. For example, If we can't sell the house—well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. The ultimate origin of this proverb, a caution not to anticipate trouble and often put as don't cross a bridge till you come to it, has been lost. The earliest recorded use is in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Golden Legend (1851): “Don't cross the bridge till you come to it, is a proverb old and of excellent wit.”


Nearby words

  1. crosby, bing,
  2. crosette,
  3. crosier,
  4. crosland,
  5. cross,
  6. cross as a bear,
  7. cross assembler,
  8. cross bedding,
  9. cross bridging,
  10. cross buck

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