nonstarter nonstarter  /nɑn ˈstɑr tər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
  2. (n) a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered

Usage(s):

  1. Hagel, who I guessed wouldn't accept and didn't know his name was on the list, was a nonstarter because he had a zero rating from the League of Conservation Voters.
  2. Jawad al-Malaki, a Shi'ite committee member and adviser to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, calls the Sunni approach a nonstarter, warning that it could lead to a new dictatorship.
  3. Elodie pointed out that a municipal fine and frequently lousy weather make going topless at Paris Plage a nonstarter.

News

  1. Immigration

    While the Senate is poised to pass sweeping immigration reform Thursday afternoon, top Republicans in the House are calling the Senate bill a nonstarter.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. GOP House leader calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'

    While the Senate is poised to pass sweeping immigration reform Thursday afternoon, top Republicans in the House are calling the Senate bill a nonstarter.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'

    Washington (CNN) - While the Senate is poised to pass sweeping immigration reform Thursday afternoon, top Republicans in the House are calling the Senate bill a nonstarter. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday reiterated his position that the House would not vote on the Senate immigration bill.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: CNN Political Ticker

Quotes

  1. "It would unnecessarily handcuff our generals on the ground, and it's safe to say it'sa nonstarter for the president," said Dan Bartlett, a senior White House adviser, speaking to reporters as he traveled with Mr. Bush to Latin America.
    on Mar 8, 2007 By: Dan Bartlett Source: New York Times

  2. "Remember what the goal was," Nelson said. "The goal is to stabilize Iraq. I felt like that that was a nonstarter for them to say that I should ignore the (Iraq Study Group) report."
    on Dec 13, 2006 By: Bill Nelson Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "To stop all construction - Jewish construction in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem - is totally, totally a nonstarter," said Netanyahu.
    on Apr 20, 2010 By: Benjamin Netanyahu Source: Jerusalem Post

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