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jump the gun

Fig. to start before the starting signal. (Originally used in sports contests that are started by firing a gun.) We all had to start the race again because Jane jumped the gun. When we took the test, Tom jumped the gun and started early.
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jump the gun

to do something before it should be done We do not want to jump the gun by making a statement about what caused the explosion before the investigation is completed.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of jump the gun (to begin to run a race before the gun that signals the start has been shot)
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jump the gun

to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it
Usage notes: If someone running in a race jumps the gun, they start running before the gun has been fired to start the race.
He shouted at me before I had time to explain, but later he apologised for jumping the gun.
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jump the gun

Start doing something too soon, act too hastily. For example, The local weather bureau jumped the gun on predicting a storm; it didn't happen for another two days . This expression alludes to starting a race before the starter's gun has gone off, and supplants the earlier beat the pistol, which dates from about 1900. [Mid-1900s]
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jump the gun

tv. to start too soon; to start before the starting signal. The secretary jumped the gun and gave out the letters too soon.
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jump the gun

To start doing something too soon.
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To jump the gun and make prejudgments about anyone is wrong.