be left at the post

be left at the post

To be unlikely to succeed in a competition from the outset. The other girls in my heat were so fast that I was left at the post.
See also: left, post
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be left at the post

fail to compete. informal
The image here is of a racehorse that fails to leave the starting post along with its rivals.
See also: left, post
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