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nonstarter

a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
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"It (Opposition's alliance) is a political nonstarter, the dream of which only Rahul Gandhi is seeing.
One particular study (Sampaio et al., 2006a) analyzed the 2002-2003 regular season from the Portuguese Professional League, and found that when the best teams lost, nonstarters' performance was worse than the starters', whereas when the worst teams lost, the starters' performance was worse than the nonstarters'.
But the White House's $11.9 million proposal to transfer management of the remaining schools to tribes and private educational contractors was a political nonstarter. However, the plan could still be reintroduced in time to transfer operational control of the schools by 2003-04, said BIA Education Director Bill Mehoja.
Just as broker-dealers are implementing a fee-based compensation choice, CPA financial advisers have learned that the commission versus fee quandary is a nonstarter. Most CPAs will change compensation methods as their practice or clients change.
As far as the council is concerned it is a nonstarter."
Furthermore, he was infatuated with somebody who was going to be a nonstarter from the word go.
Sir, - Mr Williams' proposal of substituting wolves for hunting (Post, Jan 25) is seriously flawed and a nonstarter. The wolf is a totally indiscriminate and uncontrolled hunter - it will take the easy option to hunt, be it farmstock pets or wild animal.
Today, accepting a job offer--even signing an agreement--means "I'll show up for work if I don't get a better offer in the meantime." While employers would like to turn broken promises into an ethical issue, it's a nonstarter. Today's new hire reserves the right to change his mind up to, and including, the day he begins a new job.
Sadly, MacDonald's policy was sacrificed on the higher altar of free trade and it is evident that quotas are a nonstarter. Leaning on the Americans, no matter how gently, only produces a heavy-handed backlash and Jack Valenti, the tough-talking Texan who is head of the Motion Picture Association of America will once again descend on Ottawa like a ton of bricks threatening, in his own subtle, charming way, a scorched-earth policy if one penny of American profits are curtailed.