cross the bridge

cross the bridge


  • resolve a problem when it occur, rather than try to solve it in advance
  • to wait until the problem comes up in trying to resolve it rather than placing solutions for something that is not currently an issue
  • to deal with something when the time is right
  • it is used in a tone of giving advice quite often

Example Sentences

  1. The student wanted to think about failing the exam only after the results came out. He wanted to cross the bridge only when it came to it.
  2. It is sad that she is crossing the bridge of ending her marriage but some things are better over than being dragged on.
  3. “What will you do if you fail in this exam?” Answer: “I’ll cross the bridge when I come to it.”


The origination of the phrase dates back to the 1800’s where the crossing of bridges was quite a literal thing with long travels being done either on foot or horseback

The bridge could not be crossed before it actually came up and moreover, the crossing of bridges was considered a risky matter because the reliability of faraway bridges was not guaranteed.

So crossing a bridge related to a huge problem which is, in today’s terms used as a synonym of solving problems. Although life is not at stake in the usage of the phrase today, it used to be when people were discussing about actually crossing shaky bridges

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