lock the barn door after the horse is stolen


lock the barn door after the horse is stolen
To be careful or try to make something safe when it is too late. - A proverb. * /After Mary failed the examination, she said she would study hard after that. She wanted to lock the barn door after the horse was stolen./

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  • lock the barn door after the horse is stolen — To be careful or try to make something safe when it is too late. A proverb. * /After Mary failed the examination, she said she would study hard after that. She wanted to lock the barn door after the horse was stolen./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lock\ the\ barn\ door\ after\ the\ horse\ is\ stolen — proverb To be careful or try to make something safe when it is too late. After Mary failed the examination, she said she would study hard after that. She wanted to lock the barn door after the horse was stolen …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lock the barn door after the horse is stolen — be careful or try to make something safe when it is too late If you try and prevent a flood after the rains have started it is like locking the barn door after the horse is stolen …   Idioms and examples

  • 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

  • door — See: AT DEATH S DOOR, AT ONE S DOOR, CLOSED DOOR, CLOSE ITS DOORS, CLOSE THE DOOR or BAR THE DOOR or SHUT THE DOOR, DARKEN ONE S DOOR, or DARKEN THE DOOR, FOOT IN THE DOOR, KEEP THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR, LAY AT ONE S DOOR, LOCK THE BARN DOOR AFTER… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • door — See: AT DEATH S DOOR, AT ONE S DOOR, CLOSED DOOR, CLOSE ITS DOORS, CLOSE THE DOOR or BAR THE DOOR or SHUT THE DOOR, DARKEN ONE S DOOR, or DARKEN THE DOOR, FOOT IN THE DOOR, KEEP THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR, LAY AT ONE S DOOR, LOCK THE BARN DOOR AFTER… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • door — See: at death s door, at one s door, closed door, close its doors, close the door or bar the door or shut the door, darken one s door or darken the door, foot in the door, keep the wolf from the door, lay at one s door, lock the barn door after… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • horse — See: BET ON THE WRONG HORSE, CART BEFORE THE HORSE, CHANGE HORSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM or CHANGE HORSES IN MIDSTREAM, EAT LIKE A HORSE, HOLD ONE S HORSES. IRON HORSE, LOCK THE BARN DOOR AFTER THE HORSE IS STOLEN, LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • horse — See: BET ON THE WRONG HORSE, CART BEFORE THE HORSE, CHANGE HORSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM or CHANGE HORSES IN MIDSTREAM, EAT LIKE A HORSE, HOLD ONE S HORSES. IRON HORSE, LOCK THE BARN DOOR AFTER THE HORSE IS STOLEN, LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • horse — See: bet on the wrong horse, cart before the horse, change horses in the middle of a stream or change horses in midstream, eat like a horse, hold one s horses, iron horse, lock the barn door after the horse is stolen, look a gift horse in the… …   Словарь американских идиом