false start

noun

Definition of false start

  1. 1 :  a premature start (as of a race or football play)

  2. 2 :  an unsuccessful attempt to begin something (as a career)

Examples of false start in a sentence

  1. If someone makes a false start, the race is immediately stopped and the runners have to start again.

  2. After several false starts, the researchers were finally able to identify the virus causing the epidemic.

1815

First Known Use of false start

1815


FALSE START Defined for English Language Learners

false start

noun

Definition of false start for English Language Learners

  • : the mistake of starting too soon in a race

  • : an unsuccessful attempt to begin something (such as a career or a project)

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