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cart before the horse, put the

Reverse the proper order of things or events, as in Don't put the cart before the horse and give away the punch line. This expression has been used since antiquity but was first recorded in English in 1520.

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Nearby words

carson, rachel, carson, rachel louise, carstensz, carstensz, mount, cart, cart before the horse, put the, cart horse, cart off, cart track, cart-way, cartage
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