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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.
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fall at the final hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the final hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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fall at the last hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the last hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
See also: fall, hurdle, last
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We'll see how things go with him over the next few weeks but I imagine he'll head for the Champion Hurdle.
The 100 hurdles is my favorite event, but the heptathlon is an event where I know I am super- talented.
The Willie Mullinstrained Adamant Approach defied top-weight in the Buy Your Tickets On Line Handicap Hurdle under Richie Kiely and will now have another crack at the Pierse Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 14.
Since we normally perform the drill over 10 hurdles, the athlete gets five reps with each leg.
We've got a couple of fancied runners at Kempton,' said Pitman, 'one being Ashley Park in the Christmas Hurdle.
Last seen landing the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January 2016, the nine-year-old heads the list of eight acceptors for the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle.
Anderson also might make some noise in the 110 hurdles.
CRYSTAL D'AINAY is swapping codes for a crack at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham next month.
Face the front of the hurdles and walk through the middle while kicking the leg as straight and as high as possible to the side as you step over each hurdle.
FISCAL FOCUS, who sprang a 33-1 surprise when landing the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle over today's course and trip on his hurdling debut last month, goes in against the big boys in today's BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle, writes Tony O'Hehir.
Perry has even bigger plans for 2006: juggling the heptathlon and 100 hurdles as well as taking a stab at the 400 hurdles, an event in which she hasn't competed since 2003.
This helps the hurdler maintain a sprinter's posture that is critical to the ideal of "sprinting the hurdles.
By Andrew King either side of the hurdle races where they jumped all the fences yet the hurdles are omitted because of low sun?
Michael Harte Hurdles, Sprints Greeley Central HS Greeley, CO
He is going to be aimed at all the good handicap hurdles this season.