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cart / kärt/ • n. a strong open vehicle with two or four wheels, typically used for carrying loads and pulled by a horse. ∎  a light two-wheeled open vehicle pulled by a single horse and used as a means of transport. ∎  a shallow open container on wheels that may be pulled or pushed by hand. ∎  a shopping cart. • v. [tr.] 1. (often be carted) convey or put in a cart or similar vehicle: the produce was packed in crates and carted to Kansas City. 2. [tr.] inf. carry (a heavy or cumbersome object) somewhere with difficulty: they carted the piano down three flights of stairs. ∎  remove or convey (someone) somewhere unceremoniously: they carted off the refugees in the middle of the night. PHRASES: put the cart before the horse reverse the proper order or procedure of something.DERIVATIVES: cart·er n. ; cart·ful / -ˌfoŏl/ n. (pl. -fuls) .

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cart in the cart in serious trouble or difficulty, probably deriving from the historical sense of a cart as used for conveying convicts to the gallows and for the public exposure of offenders.
put the cart before the horse reverse the proper order of things; the expression is recorded from the early 16th century.

See also upset the apple cart.

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cart †carriage; strong two-wheeled vehicle XIII; light sprung two-wheeled vehicle XIX. ME. carte; (i) partly metathetic repr. of OE. cræt; (ii) partly — cogn. ON. kartr; prob. infl. by AN., ONF. carete (mod. charrette cart), dim. of c(h)ar CAR.