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. 2001.

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  • 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

  • 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.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beat the gun — See: JUMP THE GUN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat the gun — See: JUMP THE GUN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gun — See: BIG CHEESE or BIG GUN, GIVE IT THE GUN or GIVE HER THE GUN, GREAT GODFREY or GREAT GUNS, JUMP THE GUN, SON OF A GUN, STICK TO ONE S GUNS or STAND BY ONE S GUNS, TILL THE LAST GUN IS FIRED or UNTIL THE LAST GUN IS FIRED …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • gun — See: BIG CHEESE or BIG GUN, GIVE IT THE GUN or GIVE HER THE GUN, GREAT GODFREY or GREAT GUNS, JUMP THE GUN, SON OF A GUN, STICK TO ONE S GUNS or STAND BY ONE S GUNS, TILL THE LAST GUN IS FIRED or UNTIL THE LAST GUN IS FIRED …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • The Three Degrees — Infobox musical artist 2 Name = The Three Degrees Background = group or band Img capt = Origin = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Genre = R B, disco Years active = 1963–Present Label = Past Members = Fayette Pinkney (1963–1976) Linda… …   Wikipedia

  • The World Is a Ball — Infobox Album Name = The World is a Ball Type = studio Artist = Martha and the Muffins Released = 1985 Recorded = Genre = Pop Length = Label = Producer = Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg sql=10:h9fqxqehld0e …   Wikipedia

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