Definition of fall at the first hurdle in English:

fall at the first hurdle

phrase

  • Meet with failure at a very early stage of an undertaking.

    ‘the campaign could fall at the first hurdle if they fail to secure planning permission’
    • ‘There were many dot.com entries, but these were not technology-based businesses and all fell at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘Hosts handed tough task In Group A, reigning world champions Brazil will have to be at their devastating best to avoid falling at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘It is our primary submission that this case falls at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘So you fall at the first hurdle, you have no musical credibility.’
    • ‘By uttering the word Ascot, I had already fallen at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘An attempt to bring a private prosecution over the death of a partygoer at the entertainer's home fell at the first hurdle yesterday.’
    • ‘In fact, once they get to the play-offs, they always fall at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘But as far as a true sampling, this show falls at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘But Mr Davies, said that any such proposal from Brussels would fall at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘Winston Churchill would have fallen at the first hurdle.’