Idioms

    on the water cart, British. wagon(def 14).
    put the cart before the horse, to do or place things in improper order; be illogical.

Origin of cart

before 900; Middle English cart(e), Old English cræt (by metathesis); cognate with Old Norse kartr cart

Related forms

cart·a·ble, adjectivecart·er, nounun·cart·ed, adjective

Can be confused

cart carte
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British Dictionary definitions for cart (1 of 3)

cart

1
/ (kɑːt) /

noun

a heavy open vehicle, usually having two wheels and drawn by horses, used in farming and to transport goods
a light open horse-drawn vehicle having two wheels and springs, for business or pleasure
any small vehicle drawn or pushed by hand, such as a trolley
put the cart before the horse to reverse the usual or natural order of things

verb

(usually tr) to use or draw a cart to convey (goods, etc)to cart groceries
(tr) to carry with effort; haulto cart wood home

Derived Forms

cartable, adjectivecarter, noun

Word Origin for cart

C13: from Old Norse kartr; related to Old English cræt carriage, Old French carete; see car

British Dictionary definitions for cart (2 of 3)

cart

2
/ (kɑːt) /

noun

radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)

British Dictionary definitions for cart (3 of 3)

CART

abbreviation for

Championship Auto Racing Teams

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Idioms and Phrases with cart

cart

In addition to the idioms beginning with cart

  • cart before the horse, put the
  • cart off

also see:

  • upset the applecart

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