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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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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.
She plans to eventually return to the two-day, seven-event competition, but with her ascent in the 100 hurdles and the upcoming World Championships in August and the Olympics in 2008, she has put that on hold.
1 Knee Lead: Face the hurdles and step over each with the grounded foot turned to the outside and the other leg leading with the knee--as shown in the photo.
Hurdles can disturb one or more of the homeostasis mechanisms, thereby preventing microorganisms from multiplying and causing them to remain inactive or even die.
Pitman will also be running the promising Hitman, fourth in the Bonusprint Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham last time, at Kempton over Christmas.
The champion trainer, who won the second of the affected hurdle races with Tara Point and a chase with Howlongisafoot, was baffled by the hurdles being bypassed but not the fences.
Runner-up to Brave Inca in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle before proving an impressive winner of the ACC Bank Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, Mac's Joy was yesterday reported to be in "great order" by his trainer Jessica Harrington and on target for the 'AIG'.
Anderson also might make some noise in the 110 hurdles.
Note: We have 12 hurdles lined-up for these drills.
Between the hurdles is where the athlete must possess all of the qualities of a sprinter -- the concept of sprinting the hurdles.
A total of 641 runners were entered for the five handicap hurdles at the festival, including a record 166 in the Coral Cup, 16 more than the previous high of 150 in 2009.
Michael Harte Hurdles, Sprints Greeley Central HS Greeley, CO
Nicky Richards' gelding has only had four starts over hurdles and he's open to plenty of improvement.