false startfalse start
in a race, the act of starting to run, swim, etc. before the official signal has been given
- Sports a. An illegal racing start in which one of the competitors begins moving before the starting signal.b. A violation of the rules governing the start of play in which a player moves from a set position before play is initiated, especially a rule violation in football in which an offensive player other than the center moves from a set position before the ball is snapped.
- A misguided or unsuccessful attempt to begin something: wrote the first paragraph after several false starts.
(plural false starts)
- (sports) The starting of a race before being signaled to do so.