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down with his apple-cart
obsolete slang Knock him down; throw him to the ground. (Apple-cart being an antiquated slang term for a person's body.) I tell you, lads, down with his apple-cart and take what you can from his pockets!
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To remove someone or something from a particular place or area, especially because it is a nuisance or is going to be discarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cart" and "away." The police carted the burglar away after they caught him fleeing the scene of the crime. I'm going to have someone from Records come and cart away all these old files.
To remove someone or something from a particular place or area, especially roughly or dismissively, typically because it is a nuisance or is going to be discarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cart" and "off." The police carted off the burglar after they caught him fleeing the scene of the crime. I don't need half the junk that's in my new office, so I'm going to ask one of the cleaning guys to cart it all off.
cart someone or something off
to take or haul someone or something away. (When used with someone the person is treated like an object.) The police came and carted her off. Let's cart off these boxes.
Don't put the cart before the horse.
Prov. Do not do things in the wrong order. (This can imply that the person you are addressing is impatient.) Tune the guitar first, then play it. Don't put the cart before the horse.
put the cart before the horse
Fig. to have things in the wrong order; to have things confused and mixed up. (Also with have.) You're eating your dessert first! You've put the cart before the horse. John has the cart before the horse in most of his projects.
upset the apple cart
Fig. to mess up or ruin something. Tom really upset the apple cart by telling Mary the truth about Jane. I always knew he'd tell secrets and upset the apple cart.
cart somebody/something awayalso cart away somebody/something
to take someone or something somewhere We cleaned out the garage and carted tons of stuff away. Investigators were carting away boxes of material from her office.
cart somebody offalso cart off somebody
to take someone or something somewhere Rioters smashed windows and carted off televisions, shoes, car tires, and anything else they could carry. He was carted off to jail.
(put) the cart before the horse
to do something that should happen later before other things Barnhart is putting the cart before the horse by building a stadium before a team has agreed to play there.
put the cart before the horse
to do things in the wrong order Deciding what to wear before you've even been invited to the party is rather putting the cart before the horse, isn't it?
cart before the horse, put the
Reverse the proper order of things or events, as in Don't put the cart before the horse and give away the punch line. This expression has been used since antiquity but was first recorded in English in 1520.
Also, cart away. Transport or remove in an unceremonious way, as in The police carted them all off to jail, or We'll call the town to cart away this trash. This term owes its meaning to cart, a humble conveyance compared to a carriage. [Second half of 1800s]
n. a nickname for the hospital cart that carries equipment used to attempt to restore a heartbeat, such as a defibrilator. Get the crash cart to third west.
1. and honey cart n. any vehicle used for or designed for carrying excrement: a farm manure wagon; a tank truck used to pump out septic tanks; a tank truck used to pump out airplane toilets; a portable latrine truck used in movie making. I drove a honey cart in Hollywood for a year. How’s that for glamour?
2. n. a beer truck. What time does the honey wagon bring in new supplies?
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