kick-start

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


Origin:
1910–15

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kick starter

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


Origin:
1915–20

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kick-start (ˈkɪkˌstɑːt)
 
vb
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
 
n
3.  an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something
 
'kick-starter
 
n

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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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