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  1. false start(Noun)

    The starting of a race before being signaled to do so.

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  1. False start

    In sports, a false start is a movement by a participant before being signaled or otherwise permitted by the rules to start. Depending on the sport and the event, a false start can result in immediate disqualification of the athlete from further competition, a warning in which a subsequent false start would result in disqualification, or a penalty against the athlete's or team's field position. False starts are common in racing sports, where differences are made by fractions of a second that often cannot be comprehended by the human mind, and where anxiety to get the best start plays a role in the athletes' behavior. False starts are signalled by firing the starting gun twice. A race that is started cleanly, on the contrary, is referred to as a fair start or clean start.


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