closing the stable door after the horse has bolted

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closing the stable door after the horse has bolted

Trying to prevent or rectify a problem after the damage has already been done. If you try to replace the oil filter on the engine now, you're just closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
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Depriving nurses of snacks and drinks seems not only petty but shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
TONY BLAIR'S "Respect" agenda is a classic case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Jail means shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Jail means shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, and affords the victims of crime little satisfaction - ask yourself which you would prefer: not to be assaulted nor burgled, or to be assaulted or burgled (or worse) and see your assailant/housebreaker deprived of his liberty for a couple of years while you may continue to suffer for life.