to leap to conclusions

Idiom Definition

"to leap to conclusions"

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

Idiom Definition - to leap to conclusions


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to leap 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, it sounds like you've already leapt to conclusions before you really know the facts.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to leap 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 leaping to conclusions if she thinks that Stewart is no longer interested?

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

to leap to conclusions - Usage:


to leap to conclusions - Gerund Form:

Leaping to conclusions can cause harm to yourself and others.

to leap to conclusions - Examples:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8) You should not leap to conclusions about what anyone is going to do. 

9) His lawyer noted that the government follows a pattern with these cases, to leap to conclusions with booms, and then fizzle down when the facts emerge. 

10)  She shouldn't leap to conclusions. And in any case, it was none of her business.

11)  Kargel says not to leap to conclusions based on that statistic alone.

12) We must not leap to conclusions but wait patiently for the physics to catch up. 

13)  I can talk about the range of types. Otherwise I find they just leap to conclusions

14) May I suggest that you read what I wrote rather than leap to conclusions

15) Unseasoned commanders leap to conclusions where salted warriors comprehend the entire situation. 

16)  The obvious question is why do we leap to conclusions about others.

17)  Try reading carefully what other people say before you leap to conclusions about what you think they must be saying based on some preconceived idea.

18)  I retain a healthy skepticism about this stuff and do not leap to conclusions.

19)  I retain a healthy skepticism about this stuff and do not leap to conclusions.

20)  I was just telling you not to leap to conclusions over blatantly outdated art that isn't accurately indicative of anything.