Meaning of false start

false' start'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a premature start by one or more of the contestants, as in a swimming or track event, necessitating calling the field back to start again.
  2. a failure to begin an undertaking successfully.


Pronunciation: (fôls'stärt'), [key]
— v.i. Sports.
  1. to leave the starting line or position too early and thereby necessitate repeating the signal to begin a race.
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