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startup

or start-up

[stahrt-uhp] /ˈstɑrtˌʌp/
noun
1.
the act or fact of starting something; a setting in motion.
2.
a new business venture, or a new commercial or industrial project:
a small, 5-month-old Internet startup.
adjective
3.
of or relating to the beginning of such a venture or project, especially to an investment made to initiate it:
high start-up costs for construction of a new facility.
Origin of startup
1550-1560
First recorded in 1550-60; noun use of verb phrase start up
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  • Had I been condemned to death I would not have expected a man to startup and take my place.

  • Mr startup was also a very good young man, but he was of a fiery calibre, whereas Frigidy was naturally mild.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • startup was already an open-air preacher, whereas Frigidy lacked nerve to speak a word above his breath.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • On such an occasion as this no servant, no friend, no Mr startup, was allowed to interfere with her filial piety.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

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