non-starter


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.
Related to non-starter: ascertainment, foreseer, extending
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

non-starter

nonstarter
noun dead loss, dud (informal), washout (informal), no-hoper (informal), turkey (informal), lemon (informal), loser, waste of space or time The United States is certain to reject the proposal as a non-starter.
Translations

non-starter

[ˌnɒnˈstɑːtəʳ] N that idea is a non-starteresa idea es imposible

non-starter

(nonˈstaːtə) noun
a horse or person that, though entered for a race, does not run.
References in periodicals archive ?
Isn't it time for a rule change so that a horse is deemed a non-runner if it does not take part in the race, rather than leaving punters frustrated that they have not had a run for their money and hoping their chosen bookmaker has not taken much on the non-starter so they might be awarded a 'justice refund'?
He is on liquids at the present time and has to look after it for six or eight weeks so he is a non-starter and it is a blow, no point glossing over it.
Abbott's tweet came first, saying, "Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.
It's obvious that negotiation is a non-starter, so the only alternative is boots and bombs, no matter how long it takes.
PFA Scotland warned last night that summer football could be a non-starter as its members would have to accept big wage cuts.
David is putting it out there but it's a non-starter.
If this is the case then surely any new planning application submitted to build on this land either by Miller Homes, Harron Homes or Stirling Scotfield should be thrown out, as it appears the Data Centre was a non-starter from the outset.
I always believed the tram idea to be a non-starter but this could just possibly work.
A definite non-starter will be Phil Lloyd, who is still struggling with a back problem.
Bowling coach David Saker was clearly a non-starter - how could England bear the locals' disdain should they ask an Australian to take the reins in the midst of an Ashes Test?
ngland's star batsman, 28, says the only cure would be a lengthy rest and that option is a non-starter.
SIR - True (Anti) Wales would like nothing better to abolish the Welsh Assembly but they know that is a non-starter.

Full browser ?