Put the cart before the horse

Idiom

Put the cart before the horse

Definition

To do things in the wrong order or to put the emphasis on the wrong thing.

Examples

He was trying to do the project without laying out a plan first, he was putting the cart before the horse

She was so eager to get the job done that she was putting the cart before the horse

Origin

The origin of this phrase is uncertain, though some believe that it is derived from a proverb by John Heywood in 1546.

FAQs

Question

What does “put the cart before the horse” mean?

Answer

It means to do things in the wrong order or to put the emphasis on the wrong thing.

Question

What is the origin of this phrase?

Answer

The origin of this phrase is uncertain, though some believe that it is derived from a proverb by John Heywood in 1546.