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Origin of nonstarter

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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