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    #1

    This plan was born dead.

    How do I say this in English:

    I have a plan or project. I want to say that I hope this plan will succeed/not fail. Sometimes it fails before I start it. Or once I have started, it would not succeed. All of the sudden, it evaporated. This plan was born dead. In Arabic, there is a fixed expression: It was born dead.

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    #2

    Re: This plan was born dead.

    It failed at the outset.
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    #3

    Re: This plan was born dead.

    You could say that the plan was "stillborn".

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    #4

    Re: This plan was born dead.

    A similar expression in English is 'doomed from the start/beginning'.
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    #5

    Re: This plan was born dead.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It failed at the outset.
    Or from the outset.

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    #6

    Re: This plan was born dead.

    Not appropriate for a plan (which I'd be happy to call stillborn), but a piece of equipment - that you buy and doesn't work as soon as it is delivered - can be called "D-O-A" (hospital jargon for Dead on arrival).

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