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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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fall at the final hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the final hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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fall at the last hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the last hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
See also: fall, hurdle, last
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Paul Nicholls's record-breaking hurdler will make his return to the track in the Cleeve Hurdle next Saturday, but Williams may not send Reve De Sivola to Trials Day at Prestbury Park.
05 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (2m 5f)
But after he ran a fine race to be touched off by Reve De Sivola in the Cleeve Hurdle over three miles, the World Hurdle is now preferred over another crack at the Champion Hurdle, in which he finished third in 2011.
1 in the women's marathon in more than 20years, and Demus moved up to the top spot in the 400 hurdles.
3 Step Under: Raise the first hurdle and every alternate hurdle there-after to a height of 42 inches.
This multi-targeted approach is the essence of hurdle technology.
Pitman will also be running the promising Hitman, fourth in the Bonusprint Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham last time, at Kempton over Christmas.
At that time, 16% of the companies surveyed used hurdle rates of 5% to 7%, 50% used hurdle rates of 8% to 11% and 34% used hurdle rates of 13% or more.
The global capital markets will benefit greatly by adopting our Top Quartile Hurdle Rates," commented Japonica Partners Founder & Managing Director Paul B.
Tiger Roll, winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle last season, finished 19 lengths behind Hurricane Fly in the Ryanair Hurdle last month and is fitted with cheekpieces today.
He is already 6-1 favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and 33-1 for the Champion.
Face the front of the hurdles and walk through the middle while lifting and bending the leg and leading with the knee over the hurdle.
Afarad showed progressive form to finish a nine-and-a-half-length third to Katarino in the Triumph and is set to be aimed at the Glenlivet Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle on Thursday.
The hurdle concept entails the belief that microorganisms present in a product should not be able to overcome the hurdles that also exist in that food, or the result will be spoilage or food poisoning.
Japonica Partners, the global management and investment firm with an entrepreneurial co-investor business model, adds a European stock index to its Top Quartile IRR Hurdle Rates alternatives patent.