fall at the first hurdle

(redirected from fail 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
References in periodicals archive ?
JAILED Tup Tup Palace gunman Michael Dixon has seen his bid for freedom fail at the first hurdle.
"If you fail at the first hurdle you go again; you knew from my side I was ready for a rematch, making it clear if he wants to go again we'll go again.
These deliberate barriers ensure that many private ideas generated in Wales by stakeholders which might require some public support, encouragement or just introductions to the right people often fail at the first hurdle and never see the light of day.
"This is kind of stop-start, coming back a few days early and trying to get into a competitive mode, but the most important issue is we've got ourselves into this position and I wouldn't want to fail at the first hurdle."
But the simple fact is he needs the purse strings released, Celtic will continue to win the league and fail at the first hurdle in Europe unless they start spending some money.
Not only that, Belgian coach Robert Waseige will quit after the tournament and Russia boss Oleg Romantsev will be axed if his team fail at the first hurdle.
But he said that unless workers were briefed about the reasons behind a new image, the change could be met with "cynicism" and fail at the first hurdle.
A COVENTRY school's bid to win arts college status is set to fail at the first hurdle - unless it can come up with pounds 20,000 in a week.
On Wednesday night they became the first Champions League winners to see their title defence fail at the first hurdle, dropping into the far less prestigious Europa League instead.
STEPHEN CRAIGAN has warned Motherwell to iron out their mistakes - or see their UEFA Cup adventure fail at the first hurdle.
'What it doesn't seem to understand is that if pupils fail at the first hurdle they will not take it at A-level - and there will be fewer Welsh speakers in Wales.'
Unless workers were fully briefed about the reasons behind a new image, the change would often be met with 'wholesale cynicism' and fail at the first hurdle, said Mr Ludlow.
While Lippi expects Celtic to be among the leading contenders in the UEFA Cup, O'Neill admits they could fail at the first hurdle of the knockout tournament.
It looks as though that could fail at the first hurdle after a disastrous first meeting at which Joe, but not Kathleen, finally clicks about their on-line connection.