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English definition of “false start”

false start

noun [C]  /ˈfɔls ˈstɑrt/ us  

false start noun [C] (SITUATION)

a situation in a race when a competitor starts before the signal has been given

false start noun [C] (ATTEMPT)

an attempt to do something you are not ready or able to do: She began writing fiction, and after several false starts she wrote "Gone With the Wind."
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