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 formscart·a·ble, adjectivecart·er, nounun·cart·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcart carte
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British Dictionary definitions for cart off (1 of 4)

cart off

cart away or cart out


verb

(tr, adverb) informal to carry or remove brusquely or by force

British Dictionary definitions for cart off (2 of 4)

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 Formscartable, 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 off (3 of 4)

cart

2
/ (kɑːt) /

noun

radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)

British Dictionary definitions for cart off (4 of 4)

CART


abbreviation for

Championship Auto Racing Teams
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Idioms and Phrases with cart off (1 of 2)

cart off


Also, cart away. Transport or remove in an unceremonious way, as in The police carted them all off to jail, or We'll call the town to cart away this trash. This term owes its meaning to cart, a humble conveyance compared to a carriage. [Second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with cart off (2 of 2)

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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