Share this entry

Share this page

false start

Line breaks: false start

Definition of false start in English:

noun

1An invalid start to a race, usually due to a competitor beginning before the official signal has been given.
Example sentences
  • It was not a ‘tragedy’ when he was disqualified for a false start in an Olympic trials race earlier this year, he said in mild rebuke of Prime Minister John Howard.
  • Thorpe has been robbed of a chance to defend his 400m freestyle title in Athens after being disqualified for a false start.
  • After three false starts, Ferrari was in bad shape; and Schumacher's abilities were being gleefully questioned.
1.1An unsuccessful attempt to begin something: she had finally found a job she liked, after various false starts
More example sentences
  • I've had a complicated history with jazz, with many false starts, disappointing attempts to divine the pantheon and forays into stuff I absolutely hated.
  • In a way, I am glad the monsoon has finally begun after all the false starts caused by atmospheric depressions in the Arabian Sea end of May.
  • Following several false starts in attempting to bring it back, the drama will finally be premiered in a webcast on BBCi in the spring.

Definition of false start in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…