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Noun: nonstarter  ,nón'staa(r)-tu(r)
  1. A person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
    - failure, loser, unsuccessful person, no-hoper [informal]
  2. A horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered

Derived forms: nonstarters

Type of: bangtail [US, informal], neddy [Austral, informal], pony [informal], race horse, racehorse, unfortunate, unfortunate person