Definition of false start noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    false start

    BrE BrE//ˌfɔːls ˈstɑːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɔːls ˈstɑːrt//
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  1. 1an attempt to begin something that is not successful After a number of false starts, she finally found a job she liked.
  2. 2(sport) a situation when somebody taking part in a race starts before the official signal has been given
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: false start