To jump the gun
Jump Jump, v. t. 1. To pass over by means of a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch. [1913 Webster]

3. To expose to danger; to risk; to hazard. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To jump a body with a dangerous physic. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Smithwork) (a) To join by a butt weld. (b) To thicken or enlarge by endwise blows; to upset. [1913 Webster]

5. (Quarrying) To bore with a jumper. [1913 Webster]

{To jump a claim}, to enter upon and take possession of land to which another has acquired a claim by prior entry and occupation. [Western U. S. & Australia] See {Claim}, n., 3.

{To jump one's bail}, to abscond while at liberty under bail bonds. [Slang, U. S.]

{To jump the gun}, to begin to run (in a footrace) before the starting gun has fired; hence, (fig.) to begin any activity before the designated starting time. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • jump the gun — to do something before it should be done. We do not want to jump the gun by making a statement about what caused the explosion before the investigation is completed. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of jump the gun (= to begin to run a… …   New idioms dictionary

  • jump the gun — also[beat the gun] {v. phr.} 1. To start before the starter s gun in a race. * /The runners were called back because one of them jumped the gun./ 2. {informal} To start before you should; start before anyone else. * /The new students were not… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jump the gun — also[beat the gun] {v. phr.} 1. To start before the starter s gun in a race. * /The runners were called back because one of them jumped the gun./ 2. {informal} To start before you should; start before anyone else. * /The new students were not… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jump\ the\ gun — • jump the gun • beat the gun v. phr. 1. To start before the starter s gun in a race. The runners were called back because one of them jumped the gun. 2. informal To start before you should; start before anyone else. The new students were not… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • jump the gun — (informal) ACT PREMATURELY, act too soon, be over hasty, be precipitate; informal be ahead of oneself. → jump * * * phrasal or beat the gun 1. : to start in a race before the starting signal disqualified for jumping the gun …   Useful english dictionary

  • jump the gun — verb a) to begin a race too soon, before the starting gun goes off Shoe designers jump the gun on priorities; use substitutes while leather is available [ …   Wiktionary

  • jump the gun — tv. to start too soon; to start before the starting signal. □ Don’t jump the gun again. Wait till I tell you. D The secretary jumped the gun and gave out the letters too soon …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • jump the gun (to) —  Start too soon (track and field).  ► “ ‘To be honest, we are more concerned about having them [PC makers] jump the gun than be late,’ Mr. Silverberg said.” (Wall Street Journal, June 6, 1995, p. B16) …   American business jargon

  • jump the gun — to do or say something too soon, before you know that it is suitable or correct …   English dictionary

  • jump the gun — phrasal 1. to start in a race before the starting signal 2. to act, move, or begin something before the proper time …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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