Definition of put the cart before the horse in English:

put the cart before the horse

phrase

  • Reverse the proper order or procedure of something.

    • ‘It is surely a case of putting the cart before the horse,’ said Dr Caulfield.’
    • ‘Co-opted committee member John Clancy said: ‘It seems a little like putting the cart before the horse.’’
    • ‘And of course, leaping ahead to some possible jury trial, a possible conviction is really putting the cart before the horse.’
    • ‘Kerry County Council has been accused of putting the cart before the horse when it comes to planned developments in villages across the county.’
    • ‘It is really a classic example of putting the cart before the horse.’
    • ‘But simply pursuing a high participation rate without pausing to think what it means is putting the cart before the horse.’
    • ‘At best, Marx and Engels thought, this was putting the cart before the horse, since the job of planning a new society will belong to those who make one.’
    • ‘Is designing a new building before a strategic plan is in place putting the cart before the horse?’
    • ‘By passing the tax cut before passing a budget, are you essentially putting the cart before the horse?’
    • ‘Iain says: ‘The authorities are putting the cart before the horse.’’