to put the cart before the horse

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - put the cart before the horse

"to put the cart before the horse"

to do things in the wrong order


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - put the cart before the horse

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I have gone ahead and ordered twelve advertising spots.

Colleague 2:  Don't you think you are putting the cart before the horse? The campaign budget hasn't even been approved yet.

Colleague 1:  It might be a bit of a risk but I am confident I can make whatever budget is approved work.

Colleague 2:  Assuming the budget will actually be approved.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - put the cart before the horse

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  I booked our tropical holiday excursion and started shopping for clothes.

Husband:  But my boss has not officially approved my vacation period.

Wife:  Do you think I have put the cart before the horse?

Husband:  Yes. You should have waited and done things in the proper order.

to put the cart before the horse - Usage:


to put the cart before the horse - Gerund Form:

Putting the cart before the horse, the man booked a wedding venue before he proposed.

to put the cart before the horse - Examples:

1)  Putting the cart before the horse -- setting up a monetary union before a political union ...

2)  But the dream was too good to last. Putting the cart before the horse, many startups began a race of creating valuation ahead of value.

3)  Banks said that council was "putting the cart before the horse" by re-zoning before dealing with the placement.

4)  ... amazing how we daily refuse to get our priorities right; always putting the cart before the horse and expect that our many issues would magically vanish into thin air.

5)  ... everything about this is wrong because we're again putting the cart before the horse.

6)  ... dealing with recruitment before restoring garda pay, any new government would be putting the cart before the horse.

7)  That appeared a serious case of putting the cart before the horse. It did not address where development funds would come from.

8)  Announcing a party without a political programme is like putting the cart before the horse.

9)  ... health insurance devoid of organised and accountable primary medical care services is like putting the cart before the horse.

10)  ... but putting the cart before the horse is a lesson in common sense, not economics. 

11)  The government can't hope to put the cart before the horse and expect a miracle.

12)  ... knowing if the money was there to build it? The airport has put the cart before the horse.

13)  There is no sense or need to put the cart before the horse before we fully understood what the penalty was going to be under ...

14)  ... to build low-cost units has apparently put the cart before the horse by planning to build shophouses there first.

15)  They have put the cart before the horse. They should have had proper evidence before I was charged.

16)  ... the defendant has decided to put the cart before the horse by raising objection to his trial before the charge is read to ...

17)  We need more evidence, because we really jumped the gun and put the cart before the horse.

18)  ... to begin with the answer rather than to hear multiple witnesses is to put the cart before the horse.

19)  But only time will tell. I certainly don't want to put the cart before the horse in that regard.

20)  For too long we've put the cart before the horse. People don't need facts and data first.