verb (used with object)
to start by means of a kick starter: to kick-start a motorcycle.
Also, kickstart.

1910–15 Unabridged

kick starter

a starter, as of a motorcycle, that operates by a downward kick on a pedal.
Also called kick start.

1915–20 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
kick-start (ˈkɪkˌstɑːt)
1.  to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards
2.  informal to make (something) active, functional, or productive again
3.  an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something

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Snap decisions more often than not turn out to be the right ones as commanders kick-start the dormant military machine.
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