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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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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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References in classic literature ?
The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful.
By putting the cart before the horse, the defense increases in this package are just smoke and mirrors, but the devastating consequences are very real for the American people.
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.
This is a good example of putting the cart before the horse.
We don't want to get the cart before the horse, we've done that in the past and tried to push it through too quickly and it doesn't end well," said Bachmann.
If you know the old expression putting the cart before the horse, you'll understand the origin of the word preposterous, as the expression comes very close to the literal sense of the word.
GUNSHOT Victim Pte Cheryl James Looking at earlier possible sexual abuse is rather putting the cart before the horse.
Can I suggest that she is putting the cart before the horse by asking shoppers to change their habits.
The meet was conspicuous in other respects too: NRKs showed most interest; B2G interaction dominated the proceedings, revealing the continuing mai-baap syndrome; enabling legislation was mooted even as the meet progressed, a case of putting the cart before the horse.
This government puts the cart before the horse and expects a successful journey," Butkevicius said.
Borde said the problem is that the French President Nicolas Sarkozy is putting the cart before the horse, indicating to a "strange contradiction" in the French attitude.
First, good timing is crucial and there is the real danger of putting the cart before the horse," he will say.
It is all the wrong way round putting the cart before the horse.
While some have hailed Jonathan for his intervention in the cement subsector of the economy, others are of the view that the Federal Government is putting the cart before the horse because it has not created an enabling environment that would give local manufacturers a competitive edge to effect price reduction dictated purely by market forces.