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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.
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A hurdler has numerous motor and psychic qualities.
Scott, a runner and hurdler with City of Edinburgh AC, said: "I had a great day.
The seven skills and/or processes that go into the making of the successful hurdler may be broken down as follows.
he developed into a high-class hurdler, winning the mecca Bookmakers handicap hurdle at Sandown, the Lanzarote hurdle at Kempton and the Swinton Insurance hurdle at haydock, and excelling himself outside of handicap company when fourth to See You Then in the champion hurdle in 1986.
GRANDS Crus, one of the best staying hurdlers and novice chasers of his generation, has been retired.
A belated reappearance from injury-hit 2009 Champion Hurdler Punjabi should come soon.
Sprint hurdler Priestley has been suspended after analysis of his B sample indicated the presence of the asthma drug clenbuterol.
He is every inch a top class two-mile hurdler and should give Hurricane Fly plenty to do.
In the world-class development programme are Dunford and another five who compete for Birchfield: high hurdler Chris Baillie, 400m hurdler Dale Garland, long jumper Amy Harris, two heptathletes Louise Hazel and Jade Surman, and sprinter Julian Thomas.
STAYING hurdler Black Jack Ketchum is 3-1 favourite with Blue Square to take the pounds 200,000 first prize in British Horseracing Board Order of Merit this season.
For now, though, Clement considers himself a hurdler, and Holloway isn't about to argue.
Having been responsible for the champion steeplechaser in every category, only Inglis Drever's position as top staying hurdler could prevent a clean sweep for Irish-trained horses.
MERSEYSIDE hurdler Diane Allahgreen has tied the knot with long-term boyfriend Tony Hawkins.
PTHE most revealing conversation of the week had to be the one between BBC Commonwealth Games interviewer Sally Gunnell and 400 metres hurdler Natasha Danvers, above.
20), a hurdler that has already done connections proud this campaign.