What does 'Close the stable door after the horse has bolted' mean?
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.
- Category: Animals
Idioms similar to 'Close the stable door after the horse has bolted'
- Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted
- Keep the wolf from the door
- Could eat a horse
- Eat like a horse
- On your high horse
- Dark horse
- Charley horse
- From the horse's mouth
- Stalking horse
- Horse of a different color
- Healthy as a horse
- Horse trading
- Putting the cart before the horse
- Flogging a dead horse
- Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
- Short horse soon curried
- Beating a dead horse
- Back the wrong horse
- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
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