jump the gun (on)

Meaning(s)

1. do or say something too soon

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let's wait for all the facts to come in instead of jumping the gun

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The idiom to jump the gun means to act too soon or to do something before the right time. If you jump the gun, you act too quickly or before you have established the best course of action. Similar in meaning to get ahead of yourself.

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  1. Things are going well, but I've only been seeing Emily for a month so it's jumping the gun to be talking about marriage just yet.
  2. I jumped the gun and bought Derek a ticket for the concert but he has to work that evening. and can't go.

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  1. I don't want to jump the gun on this story, so let's make sure we have all our facts straight before running with it.
  2. Robert probably jumped the gun by announcing that the deal was complete before our legal team had the chance to go over the agreement.

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