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the horse bolted

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  • it is too late to shut the stable-door after the horse has bolted — In early use the proverb referred to horse stealing; has bolted is a modern substitution for the traditional is stolen. Cf. medieval Fr. a tart ferme on l’estable, quant li chevaux est perduz, the stable is shut too late, when the horse is lost.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted — If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. Close the barn door after the horse has bolted is alternative, often used in American English …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted — phrase used for saying that something has been done too late because the problem it should have prevented has already happened Thesaurus: late or too latesynonym Main entry: stable door * * * close, lock, etc. the stable door after the horse has… …   Useful english dictionary

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted —    If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. Close the barn door after the horse has bolted is alternative, often used in American English.   (Dorking… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • shut the stable door when the horse has bolted —    If you shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, you try to prevent something bad from happening when it is already too late.     Jack decided to insure the contents of his apartment after it was burgled.     Now that s shutting the… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Close the stable door after the horse has bolted —   If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. Close the barn door after the horse has bolted is alternative, often used in American English …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • lock the stable door after the horse has bolted — close, lock, etc. the stable door after the horse has ˈbolted idiom (BrE) (US close, etc. the barn door after the horse has eˈscaped) to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so Main entry: ↑stable door …   Useful english dictionary

  • closing the stable door after the horse has bolted — trying to stop something bad happening when it has already happened and the situation cannot be changed. Improving security after a major theft would seem to be a bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted …   New idioms dictionary

  • shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted — trying to stop something bad happening when it has already happened and the situation cannot be changed. Improving security after a major theft would seem to be a bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted …   New idioms dictionary

  • shut (or bolt) the stable door after the horse has bolted — Brit. try to prevent something undesirable when it is already too late to do so. → stable …   English new terms dictionary

  • lock the stable door after the horse has bolted — If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable …   The small dictionary of idiomes