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English definition of “put the cart before the horse”

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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?
Translations of “put the cart before the horse”
in Chinese (Traditional) 本末倒置, 前後顛倒…
in Chinese (Simplified) 本末倒置, 前后颠倒…
(Definition of put the cart before the horse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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