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