non-starter

nonstarter

[non-stahr-ter]
noun
an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way.

Origin:
1905–10

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nonstarter (nɒnˈstɑːtə)
 
n
1.  a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
2.  a person or thing that is useless, has little chance of success, etc

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