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flying start

a start, as in sailboat racing, in which the entrants begin moving before reaching the starting line.
a start or beginning of anything, characterized by the participant's vigor and enthusiasm and sometimes by a certain advantage over competitors:
She's off to a flying start in her new job.
Origin of flying start
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I've got to get a flying start, and hit the rail at a good pace," reasoned Joe.

  • Woolwine, our quarter, caught it and took a flying start off his shoe hobs.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • The net result of the flying start and apparent haste was not a little comment on part of those who had gathered near the car.

    The Auto Boys' Quest James A Braden
  • On high sandy spots the cecropias did not get that flying start which they needed for their vertical straightaway dash.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • He retorted with a fling at the green costume of the other, and then the bugle sounded for the flying start.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • I'm going to get a flying start; you know, if you get a flying start the higher you will fly when you do fly.

  • As is well known, aeroplanes need a sort of flying start in order to become effective.

  • It must be remembered that the river is not wide at Bourne (p. 183) End, and that it was a flying start.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • An hour later Burford turned up, tired, but in high spirits, for his dredge had made a flying start on the lateral.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
British Dictionary definitions for flying start

flying start

Also called (informal) flyer. (in sprinting) a start by a competitor anticipating the starting signal
a start to a race or time trial in which the competitor is already travelling at speed as he passes the starting line
any promising beginning
an initial advantage over others
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with flying start

flying start

see under get off the ground
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