rush (one's) fences

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rush (one's) fences

1. Literally, of a horse, to approach a fence too quickly before a jump, thus not having enough time and space to clear the hurdle. If your horse is rushing his fences, make an effort to maintain a nice, regular canter rhythm at all times.
2. By extension, to act hastily and recklessly; to not be prudent or cautious in one's actions or decisions. An allusion to horse jumping If you rush your fences and simply hire the first candidate you interview, you are bound to be disappointed.
See also: fence, rush

rush your fences

act with undue haste. British
This is a metaphor from horse riding: in the hunting field if you rush your fences , rather than tackling the obstacles steadily, you risk a fall.
See also: fence, rush
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In this situation it is in the interests of the UK and of Wales that we do not rush our fences. At the UK level there is a new government to be established, an opposition to be reshaped, a negotiating team to be recruited, and a set of objectives to be formulated, jointly between the UK government and the devolved administrations."
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Prince William's private secretary said, "There is a time and a place to choose when to introduce yourself to the world of public speaking." Lowther-Pinkerton also said, "We don't want to rush our fences. If there is a place to [speak], she will do it, but she will want to be talking about something she knows a lot about."
Mr Straw said: "I don't think we should rush our fences here.