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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.
1. As one example or reason (out of several potential ones). Why don't I like musicals? Well, for starters, I just can't take a story seriously when it's set to music. I prefer shopping at brick-and-mortar shops. It's nice talking to someone in person, for starters.
2. Initially; as a beginning. A: "I'd like to help in some way, if I can." B: "OK. For starters, you could set up chairs for the guests."
As a first step; for starters. A: "I'd like to help in some way, if I can." B: "OK. For openers, you could set up chairs for the guests."
under starter's orders
Literally, ready to begin a competition, especially a race, when signaled by the starter (the person who officially marks the beginning of the event). It wasn't until we were all under starter's orders that an official stopped the race due an accusation that one of the jockeys had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
for openersand for starters
to start with. For openers, they played a song everyone knows. For starters, I'll serve a delicious soup.
Also, for starters. To begin with. For example, Out of 50 possible jurors they eliminated 30, for openers, or She believed him, which indicated, for starters, that she was very gullible. The word starters is also used for the appetizer or first course of a meal, as in For starters we had shrimp cocktail. [Mid-1900s]
see under for openers.
under starter's ordersBRITISH
If someone is under starter's orders, they are ready to do a task, and can begin doing it immediately if necessary, and if something is under starter's orders, it is ready to start. There are over a hundred such schemes under starter's orders by central and local government. Note: When the horses in a race are under starter's orders, they are in the correct position at the start of the race, and are waiting for the signal for the race to begin.
1. People say for starters to introduce the first thing or things in a series of things. It'll be nicer than being at home, in some ways. No kids and dogs, for starters. There was so much I needed to know. How did my previous beliefs fit in with what I was now discovering, for starters?
2. People say for starters to talk about the first thing to be done. I'd like to punch him on the nose for starters.
for openersto start with; first of all. informal
under starter's orders(of horses, runners, or other competitors) ready to start a race on receiving the signal from the starter.
for ˈopeners(informal, especially American English) to begin with; for a start: For openers, I don’t think his work is very original.
under ˌstarters ˈorders(of a runner, rider, etc.) waiting for a signal to start the race
To begin with: "Out of 54 potential jurors, they knocked 20 off ... just for openers" (Joseph DiMona).
To begin with; initially: "Deborah believes him, indicating, for starters, that she isn't the brightest" (Judith Crist).