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.
See also: before, cart, horse, put

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?
See also: before, cart, horse, put
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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.