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running start

noun
1.
Sports. a start, as in the hop, step, and jump or the running broad jump, in which a contestant begins moving before reaching the starting or take-off point.
2.
an initial advantage in undertaking something; a head start:
His background gave him a running start in business.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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running start

An initial advantage, as in His background in biochemistry gave him a running start in the field of genetics. This expression alludes to track events such as the running broad jump, in which one begins moving before reaching the actual take-off point. [ 1920s ]
Also see: under get off the ground
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