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false startnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌfɒls ˈstɑːt/  us   /ˌfɑːls ˈstɑːrt/
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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)
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