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Origin of false start
Words nearby false start
Definition for false start (2 of 2)
verb (used without object) Sports.
Origin of false-start
Idioms and Phrases with false start
A wrong beginning, as in After several false starts she finally managed to write the first chapter. The term originated in racing, where it refers to beginning a race before the starting signal has been given. The expression was soon transferred to other kinds of failed beginning. [Early 1800s]