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
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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
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see under get off the ground.
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