Definition of jump the gun in English:

jump the gun

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phrase

informal
  • Act before the proper time.

    • ‘There's a lot of sense in what he says, but I think he jumps the gun on this one.’
    • ‘The atmosphere is tense, police and coastguards are on hand to make sure nobody jumps the gun.’
    • ‘It's only been here a week and when we got it I thought I was jumping the gun, but it's so cheerful and pretty and elegant in it's dark green velvety majesty, turning one end of my livingroom into the dark, mysterious winter forest.’
    • ‘Councillor Rowen is jumping the gun, as we haven't even decided if we're adopting the scheme.’
    • ‘While I could be jumping the gun - the night is still young - it now appears that their final answer is: They were talking about a car.’
    • ‘While you've been worried about discretion, caution and not jumping the gun, however, your ‘friend’ has been thinking about how to lure you closer.’
    • ‘There's been some criticism that he's jumping the gun here and trying to look more presidential before there's a concession or anything like that.’
    • ‘If not, maybe you are jumping the gun and are actually feeling uncomfortable about the situation yourself, not about what other people are thinking.’
    • ‘I think that, at this point, anything is jumping the gun, other than saying he's the most logical suspect and all the evidence does point to him right now.’
    • ‘But are politicians jumping the gun with plans to stop it?’