Definition of non-starter in English:



  • 1A person or animal that fails to take part in a race.

    ‘Gawley wasn't the only non-starter at Donington’
    • ‘McRae's younger brother, Alister, was a non-starter in the rally as he is still recovering from his own mountain-bike accident, which forced him out of San Remo and caused him to withdraw from the New Zealand event as well.’
    • ‘The plane was actually built in 1932 and appeared at the Cleveland races that year but was a non-starter.’
    unimportant person, person of no importance, person of no account, nobody, cipher, non-person, man of straw, nothing, small fry, lightweight
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    1. 1.1informal A person or plan that has no chance of succeeding or being effective.
      ‘as a business proposition it's a non-starter’
      ‘when it came to women, he was a non-starter’
      • ‘He said trying to get Americans interested in deals outside the US was a non-starter at the moment.’
      • ‘For the hospital to be looking to the council to create extra parking now is just a non-starter.’
      • ‘The specific mention of ‘creation’ and ‘religious theories’ makes that one a complete non-starter legally.’
      • ‘But any effective effort at doing this is likely to be a non-starter with one of the most powerful Democratic interest groups.’
      • ‘Some of the proposals in Future are guaranteed to be political non-starters.’
      • ‘Both ideas are non-starters and I would hope that the executive will put the report where it belongs - in the wastepaper basket.’
      • ‘And there are plenty of military types willing to concede that the ‘plan’ may be a non-starter.’
      • ‘The ‘secret location’ plan is clearly a non-starter and should be ditched immediately.’
      • ‘Had either of these companies withheld that support, Apple's plan could easily have become a non-starter.’
      • ‘If we had been from here we would have realised a lot sooner the restaurant was a non-starter.’
      • ‘That makes many of your 10 key issues non-starters.’
      • ‘I regard the application under Order 12 rule 8 effectively as a non-starter.’
      • ‘We will have to pursue that a bit more but, if it's a non-starter, we will go somewhere else.’
      • ‘Until the recent House action, however, every plan to address the shortfall had been a non-starter on Capitol Hill.’
      • ‘‘What we are saying is that this is a non-starter,’ he said at a news conference at the NAR's Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain headquarters.’
      • ‘I don't think any of the ideas are non-starters.’
      • ‘Firstly, and most importantly, without the full backing of England, the tournament would be a non-starter.’
      • ‘This was essentially a non-starter because it relied on European cooperation and American financial support which was never likely to be forthcoming.’
      • ‘However the 23-year-old is not in Beckham's class and so for now the player exchange looks to be a non-starter.’
      • ‘However, in effect this remained a non-starter.’
      failure, fiasco, catastrophe, mess, debacle
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