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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.
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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.
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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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The Commissioner Don Dixon said that the overture was like putting the cart before the horse, because the county didn t have a good handle on the exact financial landscape at the airport.
Can I suggest that she is putting the cart before the horse by asking shoppers to change their habits.
Following Covanta's recent attempts to amend their plans at the eleventh hour, local residents will be forgiven for feeling that the company is putting the cart before the horse.
As for being in London to ensure the city of Birmingham benefited from the games, she was putting the cart before the horse as we had still to be awarded the games.
The demand that congestion charging is implemented before any funding is available is putting the cart before the horse.
For many years vendors and purchasers have asked us why we insist on putting the cart before the horse by selling the stores before owners know how much their horses in training have realised," said DBS managing director Henry Beeby.
FURTHER to your opinion on January 4 regarding summer league football, the exponents of this are putting the cart before the horse.
Indeed, the strategy being adopted by political leaders in Cardiff is not so much putting the cart before the horse as completely abandoning the horse - as well as the bicycle, bus, train - and every other mode of transport apart from the private car.
Trying to become a city before we are there is being irresponsible and it's putting the cart before the horse,'' Wood said.
The first line is to Kirkby, which is fine in terms of getting into town and back, but it's putting the cart before the horse in terms of jobs.
Anything else would be putting the cart before the horse.
It's a case of putting the cart before the horse and as bosses continue the money-grabbing, 29 of them will be paid [euro]100,000 or more.
It is all the wrong way round putting the cart before the horse.
The council seems to be putting the cart before the horse, in that the transport and educational infrastructure needs prioritising before any other housing developments are considered for the south side of Middlesbrough.
Commenting on the findings, the director of the RAC Foundation Professor Stephen Glaister says: "What the Government is in danger of doing is putting the cart before the horse.
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