cart\ before\ the\ horse

n. phr. informal
things in wrong order; something backwards or mixed up. - An overused expression. Usually used with "put" but sometimes with "get" or "have".

When the salesman wanted money for goods he hadn't delivered, I told him he was putting the cart before the horse.

To get married first and then get a job is getting the cart before the horse.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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