nonstarter
noun Date: 1902 1. one that does not start 2. someone or something that is not productive or effective <
his son has been, in politics a nonstarter — Anthony Lejeune
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  • nonstarter — onstarter n. 1. a person with a record of failing. Syn: loser, failure, unsuccessful person. [WordNet 1.5] 2. A horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered. [WordNet 1.5] 3. A proposal that will not receive serious… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonstarter — {n.} An idea, plan, or project that doesn t work or is obviously no good. * /His plan to start a new private school is a nonstarter because he is unable to organize anything./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nonstarter — {n.} An idea, plan, or project that doesn t work or is obviously no good. * /His plan to start a new private school is a nonstarter because he is unable to organize anything./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nonstarter — noun An idea, plan, or project that doesn t work or is obviously no good. His plan to start a new private school is a nonstarter because he is unable to organize anything …   Словарь американских идиом

  • nonstarter — noun (C) 1 (usually singular) informal a person, idea, or plan that has no chance of success: The whole thing sounds like a nonstarter to me. 2 a horse that is supposed to take part in a race but does not run …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nonstarter — /non stahr teuhr/, n. an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • nonstarter — noun a) A project that has no chance of success b) A horse that does not run in a race for which it has been entered …   Wiktionary

  • nonstarter — non|start|er [ˌnɔnˈsta:tə US ˌna:nˈsta:rtər] n [C usually singular] informal an idea, a plan, or a person that has no chance of success ▪ In its present form the scheme is a non starter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nonstarter — non|start|er [ nan startər ] noun count a plan that has no chance of being successful …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nonstarter — see non starter …   English dictionary

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