To get the cart before the horse
Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. ``Ph[oe]bus' cart.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A two-wheeled vehicle for the ordinary purposes of husbandry, or for transporting bulky and heavy articles. [1913 Webster]

Packing all his goods in one poor cart. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. A light business wagon used by bakers, grocerymen, butchers, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. An open two-wheeled pleasure carriage. [1913 Webster]

{Cart horse}, a horse which draws a cart; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads; -- also spelled {carthorse}.

{Cart rope}, a stout rope for fastening a load on a cart; any strong rope.

{To put the cart before the horse}, {To get the cart before the horse}, or {To set the cart before the horse}, to invert the order of related facts or ideas, as by putting an effect for a cause; to do things in an improper order. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • To set the cart before the horse — Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. Ph[oe]bus cart. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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