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English definition of “shut/close the stable/barn door after the horse has bolted”

shut/close the stable/barn door after the horse has bolted

to be so late in taking action to prevent something bad happening that the bad event has already happened
(Definition of shut/close the stable/barn door after the horse has bolted from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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