Definition of run before one can walk in English:

run before one can walk

phrase

  • Attempt something difficult before one has grasped the basic skills.

    ‘don't try to run before you can walk’
    • ‘Some people put too much emphasis on making money and wanting to run before they can walk.’
    • ‘Be realistic in your personal targets and do not try to run before you can walk.’
    • ‘My message to those companies that are concerned with these areas is - don't try to run before you can walk.’
    • ‘N - Definitely give it a go but remember, don't run before you can walk.’
    • ‘Dr Terry John said that, in rushing into the establishment of PCTs, the government was ignoring the old adage that you should not try to run before you can walk.’
    • ‘But in the desperate search for publicity, money and television interest, his agents and backers are trying to make him run before he can walk.’