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Meaning of “jump the gun” in the English Dictionary

"jump the gun" in British English

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jump the gun

to do something too ​soon, ​especially without ​thinkingcarefully about it: They've only just ​met - isn't it ​jumping the ​gun to be ​talking about ​marriage already?
(Definition of jump the gun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jump the gun" in American English

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jump the gun

to ​act too ​soon or before the ​righttime: They only ​met three ​weeks ago – isn’t it ​jumping the ​gun to ​starttalking about ​marriage?
(Definition of jump the gun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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