fall at the first hurdle

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.
See also: fall, first, hurdle
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Too often Scots sides fall at the first hurdle in Europe but Premiership runners-up Dons and seasoned campaigners Saints can buck the trend.
The 2002 Wimbledon champion is embarking on his last grass court campaign before retiring at the end of the season, and will be dejected to fall at the first hurdle in one of his favourite tournaments.
45pm NIGEL CLOUGH has warned his Sheffield United promotion chasers not to fall at the first hurdle.
Every team wants to go and win the tournament - you don't want to fall at the first hurdle, you want to get off to a winning start and go from there.
I expect us to get out of our group but fall at the first hurdle in the knock-out stages where we will wilt.
If they fall at the first hurdle in Poland and Ukraine, Hodgson's life really will become hell on earth.
He wrapped up the fourth set tie break 7-1 and galloped through the decider in double quick time, avoiding the ignominy of being the first Wimbledon champion to fall at the first hurdle since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003.
Ms Davies said sceptics feared the pledge would fall at the first hurdle.
Saints are a best-priced 7-2 but Skybet can't split the pair, and with one of the two big guns set to fall at the first hurdle, the tournament has been blown open.
TO THE minority of Villa fans who buckle at the first hiccup, who fall at the first hurdle, who moan and whinge and whose glasses are always half empty - cheer up and enjoy.
MANY people going for jobs fall at the first hurdle - the application form
Last year saw plenty of shocks, with number one seed Colin Lloyd and former world champion John Part among those to fall at the first hurdle.
To ensure we do not fall at the first hurdle we need a brand which is more easily understood, after all the West Midlands 'of where'?
Too many couples seem to want to quit when they fall at the first hurdle.
Tipperary man Donny McDonald placed a E20 bet with Paddy Power that NO horse would fall at the first hurdle in the Aintree Grand National.