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cart before the horse

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Definition idiom meaning "to do things in reverse logical order"

For example, 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
  • No, now you're putting the cart before the horse.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • I had the cart before the horse, Davos said.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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