lock the stable door after the horse has bolted


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
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