(the) cart before the horse


(the) cart before the horse
(put) the cart before the horse to do something that should happen later before other things.

Barnhart is putting the cart before the horse by building a stadium before a team has agreed to play there.


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  • the cart before the horse — backwards, back to front    Having dessert before dinner is putting the cart before the horse …   English idioms

  • cart before the horse (to put) — {n. phr.}, {informal} Things in wrong order; something backwards or mixed up. An overused expression. Usually used with put but sometimes with get or have . * /When the salesman wanted money for goods he hadn t delivered, I told him he was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cart before the horse (to put) — {n. phr.}, {informal} Things in wrong order; something backwards or mixed up. An overused expression. Usually used with put but sometimes with get or have . * /When the salesman wanted money for goods he hadn t delivered, I told him he was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cart\ before\ the\ horse — n. phr. informal things in wrong order; something backwards or mixed up. An overused expression. Usually used with put but sometimes with get or have . When the salesman wanted money for goods he hadn t delivered, I told him he was putting the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cart\ before\ the\ horse\ to\ put — n. phr. informal things in wrong order; something backwards or mixed up. An overused expression. Usually used with put but sometimes with get or have . When the salesman wanted money for goods he hadn t delivered, I told him he was putting the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cart before the horse — phrasal : two things in illogical, improper, or unnatural order his emphasis on method at the expense of content puts the cart before the horse …   Useful english dictionary

  • cart before the horse — See the cart before the horse …   English idioms

  • cart n, put the - before the horse — Descartes …   English expressions

  • cart before the horse — (Colloq.) Absurdity, absurd thing, hysteron proteron, topsy turvy …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • To get the cart before the horse — Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. Ph[oe]bus cart. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English