be left at the post(redirected from were left at the post)
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be left at the post
To be unlikely to succeed in a competition from the outset. The other girls in my heat were so fast that I was left at the post.
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be left at the postfail to compete. informal
The image here is of a racehorse that fails to leave the starting post along with its rivals.
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