jump-start

[juhmp-stahrt]
noun
1.
Also, jump. Automotive. the starting of an internal-combustion engine that has a discharged or weak battery by means of booster cables.
verb (used with object)
2.
to give a jump-start to: to jump-start an engine.
3.
to enliven or revive: to jump-start a sluggish economy.

Origin:
1975–80

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jump-start
 
vb
1.  to start the engine of (a car) by connecting it to another engine with jump leads or (of a car) to start in this way
 
n
2.  the act of starting a car in this way

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jump-start definition


  1. n.
    the act of starting a car by getting power—through jumper cables—from another car. : Who can give me a jump-start?
  2. tv.
    to start a car by getting power from another car. : I can't jump-start your car. My battery is low.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Needless to say, the ailing company is desperately in need of a jumpstart.
But it's a horrible way to jumpstart a weak economy.
It will jumpstart thousands of transportation projects all across the country.
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