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flying start

noun
1.
a start, as in sailboat racing, in which the entrants begin moving before reaching the starting line.
2.
a start or beginning of anything, characterized by the participant's vigor and enthusiasm and sometimes by a certain advantage over competitors:
She's off to a flying start in her new job.
Origin of flying start
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • The net result of the flying start and apparent haste was not a little comment on part of those who had gathered near the car.

    The Auto Boys' Quest James A Braden
  • "I've got to get a flying start, and hit the rail at a good pace," reasoned Joe.

  • Three of the men took after him, but he had taken them by such great surprise when he fled, that he got a flying start.

  • On high sandy spots the cecropias did not get that flying start which they needed for their vertical straightaway dash.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • Hating to play the rôle of an eavesdropper any longer than necessary he made a flying start and burst into the room.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
  • He retorted with a fling at the green costume of the other, and then the bugle sounded for the flying start.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • "We've made a flying start and no mistake," was Randy's comment, as he leaned back in the cushioned seat.

    To Alaska for Gold Edward Stratemeyer
  • I'm going to get a flying start; you know, if you get a flying start the higher you will fly when you do fly.

  • Woolwine, our quarter, caught it and took a flying start off his shoe hobs.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for flying start

flying start

noun
1.
Also called (informal) flyer. (in sprinting) a start by a competitor anticipating the starting signal
2.
a start to a race or time trial in which the competitor is already travelling at speed as he passes the starting line
3.
any promising beginning
4.
an initial advantage over others
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Idioms and Phrases with flying start

flying start

see under get off the ground
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