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running start

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.
an initial advantage in undertaking something; a head start:
His background gave him a running start in business.
Origin of running start
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll give you a running start—to the tree down there—and beat you.

  • He had counted on a running start, and every week of delay was a vicious handicap.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • But once we turned our backs for a running start they were at us again.

    Out Around Rigel Robert H. Wilson
  • When finally Adna got to the bar he had lost some of his running start.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • He had entered the business eight years before with a running start, having been a successful dry goods merchant in Maine.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick

    Herbert Newton Casson
  • The young man who begins his career with these facts in mind is given a running start over his competitors.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
Idioms and Phrases with running start

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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