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kick-start

[kik-stahrt] /ˈkɪkˌstɑrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to start by means of a kick starter:
to kick-start a motorcycle.
Also, kickstart.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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British Dictionary definitions for kickstart

kick-start

/ˈkɪkˌstɑːt/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
3.
an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something
Derived Forms
kick-starter, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for kickstart

kick-start

noun

To inaugurate; launch, esp vigorously: Clinton's speech was a kick-start for his health plan

[1990s+; fr the starting of a motorcyle by a kick downward on the start pedal]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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