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Unread Feb 27th, 2012, 08:58 pm
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Question before the horse has bolted

Hi there!

It's me again and I would appreciate if you could help me understand the meaning of the following phrase, it was used by a radio presenter the other day...

He was talking about a protest that was recently taking place in London and he said:

''I don't want to announce it before the horse has bolted''

I know this comes from the idiom 'to lock the stable door after the horse has bolted'' and I already know what it means but I'd like to know why he expressed it in that way and what he meant by that.

I hope I made my point clear

Thank you very much in advance
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Default Re: before the horse has bolted

Announce what? I'd imagine something bad -?? If so , my interpretation of this would be : I don't want to announce that XXX has happened before it has, because it might not. In other words - I don't want to be pessimistic about something that might not actually happen.
It's difficult to say without knowing the full context though.
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Unread Feb 28th, 2012, 08:53 am
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Default Re: before the horse has bolted

Hi Susan

Yes, I think that's exactly what he meant because he wasn't completely sure about it.

Thank you very much for clarifying this..it was quite simple but I wasn't able to see it!

Thanks!
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