put the cart before the horse

put the cart before the horse

To do things out of the proper order. If you put the cart before the horse and pick out your dream car before you have any money saved up for a down payment, you'll just end up disappointed.
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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.
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put the cart before the horse

If you put the cart before the horse, you do things in the wrong order. Creating large numbers of schools before we've improved school management is putting the cart before the horse. Let's not put the cart before the horse. Let's actually find out what the problem is before we try to solve it. Note: Cart and horse are also used in many other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. They want to go down the road with the cart before the horse and spend the money before they have made it. These kids are encouraged to compete before they actually have the skills to win. We've got ourselves a cart-before-the-horse situation.
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put the cart before the horse

reverse the proper order or procedure of something.
A medieval version of this expression was set the oxen before the yoke . The version with horse and cart dates from the early 16th century.
1998 Spectator It's putting the cart before the horse. All history shows that if you want to create a political union, you do that first and the single currency follows.
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put the ˌcart before the ˈhorse

put or do things in the wrong order: Don’t plan the menu before deciding how many people to invite — it’s like putting the cart before the horse.
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Gay activists, most never having served in the military, put the cart before the horse when they focus on the military rather than on bringing about tolerance and acceptance in larger society, which ultimately would make integration of openly gay people in the military a non-issue.
We tried to put the cart before the horse and build a great club where we needed first to establish a great team.
The common notion that religion underwrites morality thus tends to put the cart before the horse.
The board's recommendations next go before the City Council, which has final say on zoning matters, but some believe the city has put the cart before the horse on this.
TO get tough with benefit claimants when unemployment is rising is to put the cart before the horse.
But perhaps we should not put the cart before the horse, plans for a 250mph line were only submitted to the Government yesterday and, lest we forget, it was not long ago that Network Rail recommended the route should by pass the region entirely.
regulations come down now to encourage cross-border retail activity would put the cart before the horse, Caudet said.
Said Dodger manager Jim Tracy: ``I don't think you can put the cart before the horse.
Once again, DOD has put the cart before the horse, trying to impose this new system without first changing its management structure to ensure accountability and transparency," Ault said.
Mr Prescott must not put the cart before the horse this week - or, more accurately, put cars before public transport.
Therefore, to hold that America can ever safely relinquish its hegemony because the political, economic, and military cooperation among the great powers ensures stability and peace is to put the cart before the horse.
They put the cart before the horse and should have focused on improving standards rather than rushing patients in without proper facilities.
It looks like they are trying to put the cart before the horse and get this project started before it's approved,'' Greuel said.
Investors simply put the cart before the horse and were run over.