A watched pot never boils: Meaning, synonyms & origin + 9 example sentences

What does “A watched pot never boils” mean?

“A watched pot never boils” means it takes longer while you wait for anything to happen. The idiom has the connotative meaning that if you are expecting for any action or process to be completed then time freezes or it feels like the process is taking more time than expected one. The idiom is related with the passing of time in a slow manner when we are in hurry.

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9 examples of how to use “A watched pot never boils” in a sentence

Whenever I have been in a hospital, a watched pot never boils. I have had to stand in a long line waiting for my turn.

I remember, whenever I have my flight, a watched pot never boils. Several times I have felt the same and I have shared my experience with others!

  • Don’t think it that the watched pot will never boils; my dear time doesn’t wait for anyone, you must start preparing for your exams.
  • In my life, whenever I have waited for my results, a watched pot never boils and it irritates me a lot.
  • A watched pot never boils; could you please bring some fries from that bakery?
  • I have been waiting at the airport to receive my father from the last six hours. Whenever I have waited anxiously for something, a watched pot never boils.
  • Six years is a longer period of time, I will suggest you to cancel your visit because you know it too that a watched pot never boils!
  • During our childhood if were waiting for something anxiously, a watched pot never boils.
  • Almost it has been two years since the outbreak of corona virus, I don’t know when this entire wait will over but still I know that a watched pot never boils.
  • The day I have received my recommendation letter from the army, a watched pot never boils and I am waiting anxiously to join the army.

The origin of “A watched pot never boils”

This phrase never express any scientifically proven experiment that whenever someone starts keeping an eye on a boiling pot, it would take a lot of time to be boiled; the denotative meaning of the idiom is not intelligible or proven. However the connotative meaning of this phrase is quite imaginary or it is just related with the way we think, everywhere in the world; time passes with its proper pattern. It is just a state of mind or it is just a false belief that whenever we wait for something, time passes slowly.

It’s a poetic way of expressing how time seems to slow down when one is eagerly waiting for something to happen. In the course of time period from 1732- 1758, Benjamin Franklin in his annual calendar has written this proverb under his fictitious name ‘Poor Richard’. He was attempting to convey a pro-industry mindset by using words like these, in which he offered people change suggestions. Benjamin Franklin also used the term for the first time in a paper written in 1785, which he was ordered to compose on the king’s instructions while acting as the United States ambassador in the French territories.

Synonyms for “A watched pot never boils”

Long wait, time, interval, pause, delay, await, stop, expect, linger, stick around, gap, anticipate, abide

Idioms related to “A watched pot never boils”

  • Clock watching
  • Fashionably late
  • Hang about
  • Hold on
  • Keep somebody waiting
  • Play a waiting game
  • Wait for the dust to settle
  • Wait for the other shoe to drop
  • All good things come to those who wait