bump start


a method of starting a motor vehicle by engaging a low gear with the clutch depressed and pushing it or allowing it to run down a hill until sufficient momentum has been acquired to turn the engine by releasing the clutch

verb bump-start

(tr) to start (a motor vehicle) using this method

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