Definition of under starter's orders in English:

under starter's orders


  • (of horses, runners, or other competitors) ready to start a race and just waiting for the signal.

    • ‘Racing comes under starter's orders at 1pm and is set to end at 4.30 pm.’
    • ‘The running of Africa's greatest horse-race event at Greyville looks set to smash records, and that's before the horses come under starter's orders.’
    • ‘Two months before the Royal event goes under starter's orders, Ascot ‘tsar’ Shane Chalmers today rolled out a detailed timetable of entertainment.’
    • ‘They're under starter's orders for this year's Great Yorkshire Show, with organisers determined to bounce back after 2001's foot and mouth-enforced cancellation.’
    • ‘Birch, 32, is competing in the London Marathon, which gets under starter's orders on April 14 on behalf of City and the Trust.’
    • ‘The skies cleared on Sunday long enough to enable Salisbury Racecourse's 2004 season to finally go under starter's orders, writes Mike Turner.’
    • ‘It's too early to name the runners and riders, let alone pretend we are under starter's orders.’
    • ‘There are seven races on each day with the first race coming under starter's orders at 2.15 pm.’
    • ‘The race is under starter's orders to find the UK's strongest man.’
    • ‘The nation will be holding its breath today as one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events of the year gets under starter's orders.’