Fall at the first hurdle 倒在第一关
如果你 fall at the first hurdle, 意思就是在做某件事情的时候，在一开始就犯了错误或失败了。
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang's Olympic dreams were shattered for a second time when the athlete unfortunately crashed at the first barrier in the 110m hurdles heats in London. The former world-record holder also had a hard time at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when he managed just a few strides of the race before having to stop with an injury. Xiang won gold in Athens 2004.
The football team fell at the first hurdle when they were knocked out of the tournament in the opening game.
My plan to travel the world fell at the first hurdle when I realised I'd lost my passport before I even left the country.
His efforts to save money fell at the first hurdle when the washing machine broke down and he had to buy a new one.
另一个短语 fall or bend over backwards 意思是为取悦他人而竭尽全力。
I fell over backwards to make a nice meal for my mother-in-law.
I always bend over backwards to make sure my work is accurate.