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"The hardest portion of English, I must say it: Idioms." Flula Borg
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Jump the gun
'Jump the gun' derives from track and field races and was preceded in the USA by the phrase 'beat the gun' (or pistol).
The earliest citation for the figurative usage, as we use the phrase today is from The Iowa Homestead, November 1921: "Give the pigs a good start; jump the gun, so to speak, and get them on a grain ration before weaning time."
The figurative meaning is that something is started before the preparations for it have been completed.
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