to jump to conclusions

Idiom Definition

"to jump to conclusions"

to make an assumption or determination (often erroneous) about a situation without knowing all the facts

Idiom Definition - jump to conclusions


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to jump to conclusions

Nancy and Patricia are talking over coffee. They are talking about Nancy's husband, Michael ...

Patricia:  What's wrong, Nancy?

Nancy:  It's Michael.  He's been acting strange for a couple of months.

Patricia:  What do you mean?

Nancy:  He says he has been working late at night but when I phone his work, he is not there.  We have not made love in months and I found a lipstick stain on the collar of his shirt.  I think he's having an affair.

Patricia:  Well, don't jump to conclusions before you really know the facts.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to jump to conclusions

Barbara is worried that Stewart is not interested in their relationship any more.  Barbara has been sending text messages and e-mails to Stewart all week.  Stewart has not been returning any of the messages.  They had been getting along very well since they met.

Is Barbara jumping to conclusions if she thinks that Stewart is no longer interested?

Is there another explanation why Stewart is not returning Barbara's messages?

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to jump to conclusions - Gerund Form:

Jumping to conclusions can cause harm to yourself and others.

to jump to conclusions - Examples:

1)  I jump to conclusions when I make a decision without knowing all the facts.

2)  You jump to conclusions when you react emotionally without testing your assumptions.

3)  He jumps to conclusions when he assumes that something is wrong and he doesn't ask if the facts are true.

4)  She jumps to conclusions when she sees a telephone number on a piece of paper in her husband's jacket pocket.

5)  We jump to conclusions when we assume that the other team will win because the other team has a better record.

6)  You (all) jump to conclusions when anger makes you think unclearly.

7)  They jump to conclusions when they do not test their beliefs.

8) We shouldn't jump to conclusions based on what we read on the internet. 

9)  They noted that she tended to jump to conclusions before they finished speaking.

10) Please read carefully and do not jump to conclusions

11)  Why do we prejudge and jump to conclusions in split seconds and evaluate without all the facts?

12) It is so important to test proposed remedies carefully, rather than jumping to conclusions based upon anecdotal evidence. 

13) When I said you're jumping to conclusions I was referring to your hasty assumptions. 

14) Instead of jumping to conclusions, I asked why he wanted to wait. 

15) People should really know the facts before jumping to conclusions

16)  Before the politically correct masses jumped to conclusions, perhaps they could have done a little research.

17)  The UK government has jumped to conclusions about how helpless we all are.

18)  The people of this community are senseless and barbaric, they jumped to conclusions and killed those innocent boys.

19)  I may have overreacted and jumped to conclusions.

20)  Now the blame game begins. Too many have jumped to conclusions which can not be backed up with FACTS.