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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
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • Judging by the amount of business they have won, the supermarkets have got off to a flying start.
  • And if this sequence is any indication, he is off to a flying start.
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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