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false start

1. In a sporting event, a situation in which one player or team begins before the official signal has been given. The team was issued a penalty by the referee after the false start.
2. An unsuccessful attempt to begin something. After several false starts, Gina was finally able to make some progress in writing her term paper.
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false start

A wrong beginning, as in After several false starts she finally managed to write the first chapter. The term originated in racing, where it refers to beginning a race before the starting signal has been given. The expression was soon transferred to other kinds of failed beginning. [Early 1800s]
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(make) a false ˈstart

an attempt to begin something that is not successful: After a few false starts, I finally managed to work the fax machine.He made a few false starts early on in his acting career, but then found success with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In sport, a false start is a situation when a competitor in a race starts before the official signal has been given.
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Bolt was the second sprinter to be disqualified in the 100m yesterday, with Britain's Dwain Chambers committing a false start in the first semi-final.
If, in the judgement of the starter or recallers, he does so any earlier, it shall be deemed a false start. Except in combined events, any athlete responsible for a false start shall be disqualified."
"I was glad of that first false start," Bolt, a self-confessed poor starter due to his height, said.
False starts are caused by the BHA's decision that big-field jumps races be preceded by a process guaranteed to make horses overexcited.
Evans said: "I was pretty nervous before the heat as I didn't want to false start on my first competitive appearance.
Defending champion Bolt was disqualified from the 100 metres final in the World Championships on Sunday for a false start, leaving fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake to claim the title.
London, Aug.30 (ANI): Lord Sebastian Coe, a former champion runner, has said that athletics must not change its false start rule, even if it means Jamaican Usain Bolt missing the London Olympic final because of a 100 meter disqualification.
Blake had been the quickest qualifier from the semi-finals, clocking 9.95 in a race which also saw Britain's Dwain Chambers disqualified for a false start.
"These false start rules are difficult and I'm not sure exactly what happened but I didn't see what was wrong with the old false start when you had the yellow cards.
Running in lane eight after a false start had increased the tension, the four-time Paralympic champion finished 0.1sec behind winner Chris Brown, with Britain's Martyn Rooney second.
Any subsequent false start leads to immediate disqualification.
Last year, the IAAF, the world's governing body for the sport, implemented a new no-false-start rule, in which any athlete who commits a false start is immediately disqualified.
Andrew Elliott, Kirsty Milczarek, Pat Cosgrave and Paul Mulrennan will be out of action between January 21 and 28 after failing to pull up when a false start had been called.
And when it comes to the music the accomplished five-piece from Edinburgh can more than make up for the odd false start.
Birmingham's Lewis-Francis was punished for a false start after Jamaica's Michael Frater - the world silver medallist - had already been disqualified for jumping the gun.