start out

World English Dictionary
start out
 
vb
1.  to set out on a journey
2.  to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etc: he started out as a salesman
3.  to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aim: they started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat

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start out

Set out on a trip, as in The climbers started out from base camp shortly after mid-night. [Early 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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