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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 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 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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Not only was he a superstar of the hurdling scene, but he possessed the heart of a lion and a killer instinct, qualities occasionally matched by other horses but never bettered.
He was the hurdling king for a while but glitzy pretenders grabbed the spotlight in the run-up to his biggest triumphs.
His trainer Noel Meade said: "Fully Funded hasn't taken to fences as well as we had hoped, so we're sending him back hurdling to boost his confidence."
A dual bumper winner for David Arbuthnot last season, Make A Track won on his hurdling debut at Punchestown in October.
He looks very much the type to breathe new life into the hurdling arena and clashes with Grand National finalists Farloe Skywalker and Forest Rico tomorrow.
The former top-class Celestial Halo hasn't found life easy since an unsuccessful spell over fences; he'll probably stick to hurdling and could win a Grade 2 conditions hurdle at up to 2m4f.
We think a lot of him and we're looking forward to him going hurdling next season."
It's unlikely Binocular will race in a double-figure field before he defends his hurdling crown in March, but even if he fails to win en route to the festival he's entitled to plenty of respect come the opening day as he's achieved finishing positions of 2131 on his last four hurdles starts with ten-plus runners.