in the cart


in the cart
   in serious difficulty
   An adult male, who was not ill or wounded, would only find himself riding in the cart on his way to the scaffold. Apart from degrading the victim (only women and children rode in carts), it was common for the noose to be fixed around his neck and then for the cart to be driven off, leaving him hanging.

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  • the cart before the horse — backwards, back to front    Having dessert before dinner is putting the cart before the horse …   English idioms

  • in the cart — adverb (or adjective) slang Britain : in an embarrassing position (as from deception or defeat) * * * in the cart (slang) 1. In an awkward predicament 2. In trouble • • • Main Entry: ↑cart …   Useful english dictionary

  • in the cart — Meaning In trouble. Origin From the practise of taking prisoners to the execution in carts …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • in the cart —  In difficulty or disgrace …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • To get the cart before the horse — Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. Ph[oe]bus cart. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put the cart before the horse — Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. Ph[oe]bus cart. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set the cart before the horse — Cart Cart (k[aum]rt), n. [AS. cr[ae]t; cf. W. cart, Ir. & Gael. cairt, or Icel. kartr. Cf. {Car}.] 1. A common name for various kinds of vehicles, as a Scythian dwelling on wheels, or a chariot. Ph[oe]bus cart. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • put the cart before the horse — To reverse the natural or sensible order of things • • • Main Entry: ↑cart put the cart before the horse see under ↑cart • • • Main Entry: ↑horse * * * put the cart before the horse phrase to do one thing before another thing that you should have …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart —    by Chrétien de Troyes (ca. 1176–82)    Probably the fourth of the five extant Arthurian verse ROMANCES by the French poet CHRÉTIEN DE TROYES, Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart is thought to have been written sometime close to the writing of… …   Encyclopedia of medieval literature


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