non-starter


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non-starter

1. An issue, topic, or person that makes no progress or shows little evidence of future success. I know you worked really hard on that proposal, but it's a non-starter—the committee refuses to even consider it. You want to be a doctor? Boy, that's a non-starter—you can't even handle the sight of blood! I wouldn't have too much faith in Bobby—he's a nonstarter, and this business will probably just become another in a long line of failures for him.
2. sports One who does not start the game or race. This phrase is often used in horse racing. I watched the race—what happened to our horse? Why was he a non-starter? I may be a non-starter now, but my goal is to supplant the first-string quarterback in time.
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Interestingly, no differences in pre-competition affective states were noted between starter and non-starter players.
Two of the cheese matrices were treated with single strains of a non-starter lactic acid bacteria isolate.
The first was the 2004 referendum on regional government for North-east England, which showed regional government in England was a non-starter.
Jonsson, due to ride in the Polish Grand Prix at Bydgoszcz on Saturday, is a definite non-starter after suffering bad bruising and internal bleeding when he caught his arm on the back of Chris Slabon's bike riding for Rospiggarna in the Swedish League last night.
But the whole notion of someone of Miller's stature as a 'Director of Football' is a non-starter.
The big boys know they would have to reduce admission prices for standing areas - and in these days of obscene pay demands by players and agents - that's a non-starter.
Draper said: "The Leger is a non-starter for Meadow Bank Owl, but the intention is to enter Capoley Ash and I'm hoping to give him a trial at Wimbledon this weekend.
But the Broch boss reckons it's a non-starter, claiming the idea is "fantasy" talk.
The Cameron initiative came once the Prime Minister realised that his call for a spending freeze next year was a non-starter.
If it was fast ground come supplementary day (August 11), then that would be a non-starter.
The possibility of a groundshare between the Merseyside rivals -for so long regarded as a non-starter -has been raised again following the Government's rejection of Everton's proposals for a new stadium at Kirkby.
The evergreen former Spurs and Reading midfielder is a definite non-starter for tonight's home game against Banbury United after limping out of last Saturday's draw at British Gas Business Premier leaders Farnborough with a knee injury.
Bruce was desperate to sign Andy Cole after his successful loan spell at St Andrew's, but his pounds 40,000 a week wages rendered the move a non-starter.
Mr Kroese has sold the cranes and other equipment to an unnamed North East buyer and said rumours the yard could be used as a ship breaker were a non-starter.
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