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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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In the decathlon and heptathlon, a first false start receives a warning.
It hasn't really sunk in yet but I've got to keep my frustrations to myself at the moment," said Chambers, whose false start was barely noticeable compared to Bolt's.
It hasn't really sunk in yet but I've got to keep my thoughts and frustrations to myself at the moment," said Chambers, whose false start was barely noticeable compared to Bolt's.
Billed as a showdown between Bolt and America's 100m world champion Tyson Gay, the atmosphere had been tense at the start line with a false start charged to the field.
Meanwhile, Irvin, who made his first start in place of injured Shannon Tevaga, was flagged for a false start on UCLA's third possession.
THERE is a certain quirkiness to Aberfeldy which means they can get away with technical hitches and false starts while the good humoured audience does not seem to mind.
Starter Robbie Supple called the false start after several jockeys among the record 25-strong field broke into a canter approaching the tape, something which is no longer admissible under the new rules.
I'd rather not have Usain false start in London, but the start's not separate from the race; it is part of the race," Coe said.
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.
Ladbrokes immediately offered 14-1 for Bolt to repeat his false start in the 200metres.
95 in a race which also saw Britain's Dwain Chambers disqualified for a false start.
In a shocking twist the triple Olympic champion was ruled out of the race last night 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.
Remarkably, Bolt was the second sprinter to get disqualified in the 100m last night, with Britain's Dwain Chambers committing a false start in the first semi-final.