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false-start

[fawls-stahrt] /ˈfɔlsˈstɑrt/
verb (used without object), Sports.
1.
to leave the starting line or position too early and thereby necessitate repeating the signal to begin a race.
Origin of false-start
1805-1815
1805-15

false start

noun
1.
Sports. a premature start by one or more of the contestants, as in a swimming or track event, necessitating calling the field back to start again.
2.
a failure to begin an undertaking successfully.
Origin
1805-15
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false start

A wrong beginning, as in After several false starts she finally managed to write the first chapter. The term originated in racing, where it refers to beginning a race before the starting signal has been given. The expression was soon transferred to other kinds of failed beginning. [ Early 1800s ]
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