- Also jump. Automotive. the starting of an internal-combustion engine that has a discharged or weak battery by means of booster cables.
- to give a jump-start to: to jump-start an engine.
- to enliven or revive: to jump-start a sluggish economy.
Origin of jump-start
First recorded in 1975–80
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Examples from the Web for jump-start
Within his own administration, Obama had to jump-start a policy that had effectively ground to a halt in 2011.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
December 12, 2013
But Obama has to test himself as well and put some smart compromises on the table to jump-start serious negotiations.Iran, Try Peace or Get War
Leslie H. Gelb
September 24, 2013
But the idea that tax reform will jump-start an economy suffering from the after-effects of a cyclical downturn is nonsense.Can Tax Reform Jump-Start the Economy?
October 16, 2012
“They said they were going to ‘make me talk,’ that they were going to ‘jump-start me like a car,’” he shivered.Assad’s House of Torture
Anna Therese Day
October 14, 2012
The White House, she said, is “not doing enough to jump-start negotiations.”Livni on Iran: Let’s Hope Sanctions Work
March 9, 2012
I'd totaled about three hours of sleep, and even three cups of the Turk's caffeine mud failed to jump-start my brain.Little Brother
- to start the engine of (a car) by connecting it to another engine with jump leads or (of a car) to start in this way
- the act of starting a car in this way
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