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English definition of “false start”

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)
(Definition of false start noun (RACE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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