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false start

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  

false start noun [C usually singular] (RACE)

the start of a race in which one competitor starts too early, before the official signal to begin: If an athlete makes a false start, the race must be restarted.

false start noun [C usually singular] (PROBLEM)

an attempt to do something that fails because you are not ready or not able to do it: We had a couple of false starts because of computer problems, but now the project has really begun.
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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