Meaning of “false start” in the English Dictionary

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false startnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔls ˈstɑrt/

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."

(Definition of “false start” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)