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English definition of “put the cart before the horse”

put the cart before the horse

to do things in the wrong order: Aren't you putting the cart before the horse by deciding what to wear for the wedding before you've even been invited to it?Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of put the cart before the horse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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