nonstarter

[non-stahr-ter]

noun

an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way.

Origin of nonstarter

First recorded in 1905–10
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nonstarter

noun

a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
a person or thing that is useless, has little chance of success, etc
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