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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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The IAAF made the change to prevent major sprint finals being marred by endless false starts as competitors try to beat the clock.
The false start did not help the Olympic 200m silver medallist, but he must now prove his fitness before next Monday or another 200m specialist, Christian Malcolm, may opt to double up in Edmonton.
Both were convinced a false start would be called, but starter Philip Lafarge was satisfied and let the race begin.
In the past, each sprinter was allowed one false start.
The second false start almost provoked reminders of a far more infamous incident at Aintree 15 years ago.
The Englishman had led from pole position when he was called into the pits as punishment for a false start allowing Vauxhall team-mate Yvan Muller to surge into the lead and reclaim his place at the top of the Championship standings.
Backed up to their own 1 after a kickoff miscue and a false start, the Avengers took more than seven minutes to go 52 yards, but again settled for a field goal, this one a 23-yarder.
HOLIDAY punters caught a cold at Newcastle where a false start caused five horses to be withdrawn from the five-furlong handicap.
THE Mick Quinlan-trained Frank Sonata finished runner-up in Germany's only Pattern event for stayers - a race spoiled by a false start and gale-force winds, writes David Conolly-Smith.
One false start from disqualification, Crear stayed in the blocks a bit later than he wanted and gladly settled for a bronze medal in the men's 110-meter hurdles Monday at the Sydney Olympics.
Morant declared a false start and recalled the field allowing Threat to turn over odds-on Belasco in the re-run.
MOVES to replace the flagmen, who excelled in stopping the horses after the false start in Saturday' s Grand National, with a manually operated system using air horns were ruled out by the Horse Racing Association yesterday, writes Neil Morrice.
8 seconds with the absence of Felix, who was disqualified after a questionable false start in the league preliminaries Monday.
A controversial false start cost Jackson dear as he was beaten on the dip by Cuba's Anier Garcia with the Welshman second in 7.