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put the cart before the horse

Definition of put the cart before the horse in English:

Reverse the proper order or procedure of something.
Example sentences
  • Iain says: ‘The authorities are putting the cart before the horse.’
  • Co-opted committee member John Clancy said: ‘It seems a little like putting the cart before the horse.’
  • It is surely a case of putting the cart before the horse,’ said Dr Caulfield.
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