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
- Charley horse
- Dark horse
- From the horse's mouth
- Stalking horse
- Healthy as a horse
- Horse trading
- Horse of a different color
- Beating a dead horse
- Flogging a dead horse
- Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
- Short horse soon curried
- Back the wrong horse
- Putting the cart before the horse
- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
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