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 Carry Weight (To),Carte Blanche (French). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cart before the Horse.
 
To put the cart before the horse is to reverse the right order or allocation of things.   1
       French: “Mettre la charrette avant les bœufs.”
       Latin: “Currus bovem trahit Præpostere.”
       Greek: “Hysteron proteron.”
       German: “Die pferde hinter den wagen spannen.”
       Italian: “Metter il carro inanzi ai buoi.”
 


 Carry Weight (To),Carte Blanche (French). 

 
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