Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “jump the gun”

jump the gun

to do something too soon, before you have thought about it carefully: Don't you think you're jumping the gun a bit - you've only known him for six weeks!Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active
(Definition of jump the gun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “jump the gun” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More