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- Idiom of the week -

“To jump the gun"

 is an idiom meaning to act before the proper or appropriate time.



Example: “I’ve decided to quit my job. I found a better opportunity.”

-“Well, don’t jump the gun on that. You haven’t signed the contract with the new company just yet."

Origin: 'Jump the gun' derives from track and field races. The start of a race was set off by a gun shot, so if you “beat the gun” as the original idiom was stated (or the newer: jumped the gun) it meant that you started running before the start signal. This idiom has been known from the early 20th century.