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English definition of “false start”

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.AthleticsCompeting in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)

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 is really under way.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of false start from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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