cross that bridge when we come to it

Meaning: You can say "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" if someone mentions a problem that might occur in the future, but you want them to think about what's happening now instead.

For example:

  • Martin asked what we'd do if our new company couldn't find good staff when we needed to expand, and I said we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

  • Jenny worries too much about things that might happen in the future, so people are always saying "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it" to her.

Quick Quiz:

We can say "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" if someone asks about

a. how to get over a river

b. a future problem

c. a failed business

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Contributor: Matt Errey