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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 happenedLateUseless and futile
(Definition of shut/close the stable/barn door after the horse has bolted from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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