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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."
Translations of “false start”
in Chinese (Traditional) 賽跑, 搶跑,起跑犯規…
in Russian неудачное начало…
in Turkish başarısız girişim/başlangıç, yanlış teşebbüs…
in Chinese (Simplified) 赛跑, 抢跑,起跑犯规…
in Polish falstart…
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