fall at the first hurdle

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fall at the first hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very beginning of the attempt. John had his business plan all laid out, but he fell at the first hurdle when the bank refused to grant him a loan.
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Not only that, Belgian coach Robert Waseige will quit after the tournament and Russia boss Oleg Romantsev will be axed if his team fail at the first hurdle.
But he said that unless workers were briefed about the reasons behind a new image, the change could be met with "cynicism" and fail at the first hurdle.
A COVENTRY school's bid to win arts college status is set to fail at the first hurdle - unless it can come up with pounds 20,000 in a week.
What it doesn't seem to understand is that if pupils fail at the first hurdle they will not take it at A-level - and there will be fewer Welsh speakers in Wales.
They are Scotland's main rivals for the play-off place and the Tartan Army must now rely on favours from other teams in the group if their dream of qualification for Euro 2004 in Portugal isn't to fail at the first hurdle.
Unless workers were fully briefed about the reasons behind a new image, the change would often be met with 'wholesale cynicism' and fail at the first hurdle, said Mr Ludlow.
While Lippi expects Celtic to be among the leading contenders in the UEFA Cup, O'Neill admits they could fail at the first hurdle of the knockout tournament.
It looks as though that could fail at the first hurdle after a disastrous first meeting at which Joe, but not Kathleen, finally clicks about their on-line connection.
But the simple fact is he needs the purse strings released, Celtic will continue to win the league and fail at the first hurdle in Europe unless they start spending some money.
This is kind of stop-start, coming back a few days early and trying to get into a competitive mode, but the most important issue is we've got ourselves into this position and I wouldn't want to fail at the first hurdle.
STEPHEN CRAIGAN has warned Motherwell to iron out their mistakes - or see their UEFA Cup adventure fail at the first hurdle.
These deliberate barriers ensure that many private ideas generated in Wales by stakeholders which might require some public support, encouragement or just introductions to the right people often fail at the first hurdle and never see the light of day.