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  • stable door — noun count 1. ) a door on a stable 2. ) a door in two halves, with a top part that can be left open when the bottom part is shut => DOOR …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stable door — noun A door with upper and lower halves able to be closed independently • • • Main Entry: ↑stable …   Useful english dictionary

  • stable door — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms stable door : singular stable door plural stable doors 1) a door on a stable 2) a door in two halves, with a top part that can be left open when the bottom part is shut • close the stable door after the horse… …   English dictionary

  • stable door — /ˈsteɪbəl dɔ/ (say staybuhl daw) noun Also, Dutch door. 1. a door cut through horizontally at half its height, with each half separately hung. –phrase 2. shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, to take preventive action after a disaster… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • stable door — noun a door of a kind found in a stable, divided into two parts horizontally so that one half may be shut and the other left open …   English new terms dictionary

  • it is too late to shut the stable-door after the horse has bolted — In early use the proverb referred to horse stealing; has bolted is a modern substitution for the traditional is stolen. Cf. medieval Fr. a tart ferme on l’estable, quant li chevaux est perduz, the stable is shut too late, when the horse is lost.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted — phrase used for saying that something has been done too late because the problem it should have prevented has already happened Thesaurus: late or too latesynonym Main entry: stable door * * * close, lock, etc. the stable door after the horse has… …   Useful english dictionary

  • close the stable door after the horse has bolted — If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. Close the barn door after the horse has bolted is alternative, often used in American English …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • shut the stable door when the horse has bolted —    If you shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, you try to prevent something bad from happening when it is already too late.     Jack decided to insure the contents of his apartment after it was burgled.     Now that s shutting the… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • lock the stable door after the horse has bolted — close, lock, etc. the stable door after the horse has ˈbolted idiom (BrE) (US close, etc. the barn door after the horse has eˈscaped) to try to prevent or avoid loss or damage when it is already too late to do so Main entry: ↑stable door …   Useful english dictionary

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