Close the stable door after the horse has bolted meaning

What does the saying 'Close the stable door after the horse has bolted' mean?

Idiom: Close the stable door after the horse has bolted

Meaning: 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.

Country: International English | Subject Area: Animals | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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