One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘By uttering the word Ascot, I had already fallen at the first hurdle.’
- ‘Winston Churchill would have fallen at the first hurdle.’
- ‘But Mr Davies, said that any such proposal from Brussels would fall at the first hurdle.’
- ‘So you fall at the first hurdle, you have no musical credibility.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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