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  1. an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way.
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Origin of nonstarter

First recorded in 1905–10
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Related Words

loser, disaster, dud, bust, debacle, fiasco, washout, failure, nonstarter, miscarriage, lemon, bomb

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British Dictionary definitions for nonstarter


  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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