Jump the Gun

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Jump the Gun.

What does “jump the gun” mean?
  • To decide on something too early or too soon
  • To start something before proper preparations are made
  • To act with haste or prematurely
What’s the origin of “jump the gun”?
  • Originally, “jump the gun” is used in sports contests, such as in a race.
  • When you jump the gun in a race, you start running before other runners, before the gun signaling the start of the race is fired.
  • I don’t want to jump the gun before looking at all the facts.
  • People were quick to jump the gun and decided she was guilty of the crime before the trial was even complete.

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Word of the Day:

Prematurely: ahead of time, before the intended time