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start out

verb (intransitive, adverb)
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 ]
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