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Idioms for cart

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM cart

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cart

cart carte
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British Dictionary definitions for put the cart before the horse (1 of 3)

cart1
/ (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 of cart

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 put the cart before the horse (2 of 3)

cart2
/ (kɑːt) /

noun

radio television short for cartridge (def. 4)

British Dictionary definitions for put the cart before the horse (3 of 3)

CART

abbreviation for

Championship Auto Racing Teams
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Idioms and Phrases with put the cart before the horse (1 of 2)

put the cart before the horse

see cart before the horse.

Idioms and Phrases with put the cart before the horse (2 of 2)

cart

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