put the cart before the horse

put the cart before the horse

To do things out of the proper order. Starting the fundraiser before we know how much we need is putting the cart before the horse.
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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.
See also: before, cart, horse, put

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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Says he: "If the advert is not just a formality, why did the President put the cart before the horse and why the urgency if the post was meant to be competitively filled?
The ministers or their deputies avoided discussing the Qatari crisis in order not to put the cart before the horse and not to thwart the rapprochement efforts.
Don't put the cart before the horse, Powell said, is his work philosophy.
Josh: I think the lesson we both learned--because you paid for college while you went and I paid off my debt quickly by living frugally--is that you shouldn't put the cart before the horse.
Soriano abused his authority and flagrantly disregarded established rule since he put the cart before the horse by issuing the permit without authorization by the Sanggunian,' Morales said.
The administration has put the cart before the horse throughout this process and is learning the hard way that the Ashington scheme does not hold water, as projected costs are spiralling and basic matters like sufficient parking spaces have not even been properly addressed.
The minister is attempting to put the cart before the horse.
While Procrastination people use to show themselves as perfect employees and they follow mostly should" statements, imagine mastery models and try to put the cart before the horse.
The lawsuit reads, The Air District has acted prematurely and essentially put the cart before the horse.
The Minister described the discussion of an implementation mechanism before reaching outcomes is like someone who tries to put the cart before the horse.
He said: "I don't want to put the cart before the horse when it comes to Rio, but I hope to be there.
Asked whether the Government had the needed majority to get the proposals passed in the Parliament, Tewari said: "Let's not put the cart before the horse, we will cross the bridge when we come to it.
But rather than put the cart before the horse (or lambanana), shouldn't the council be coming out and telling us the scale of the investment?
To use a very old-fashioned analogy for such a hi-tech policy, the Assembly Government has, in some senses, put the cart before the horse.
I do not condone the practice and would not wish to appear to be supporting any part of it, but I feel that Mr Parkes has, to paraphrase, put the cart before the horse.