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cart before the horse


You are inclined to put the cart before the horse.
Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  idiom meaning "to do things in reverse logical order"; e.g., one might say that someone who wants to sell all the eggs and then raise chickens is putting the "cart ahead of the horse" because there will be no chickens to raise if all the eggs are sold
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  • You are inclined to put the cart before the horse.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • No, now you’re putting the cart before the horse.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I was myself so much more antecedently conscious of my figures than of their setting—a too preliminary, a preferential interest in which struck me as in general such a putting of the cart before the horse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2

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  • I had the cart before the horse, Davos said.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • I was myself so much more antecedently conscious of my figures than of their setting—a too preliminary, a preferential interest in which struck me as in general such a putting of the cart before the horse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
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Associated words [difficulty]:   cart before the horse [9]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Personal Finance, Logic & Reasoning
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