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Meaning of hysteron proteron

hys•ter•on prot•er•on

Pronunciation: (his'tu-ron" prot'u-ron"). [key]
— Rhet. Rhet.
  1. a figure of speech in which the logical order of two elements in discourse is reversed, as in “bred and born” for “born and bred.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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