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flying start

noun

  1. a start, as in sailboat racing, in which the entrants begin moving before reaching the starting line.
  2. 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.



flying start

noun

  1. Also called (informal)flyer (in sprinting) a start by a competitor anticipating the starting signal
  2. a start to a race or time trial in which the competitor is already travelling at speed as he passes the starting line
  3. any promising beginning
  4. an initial advantage over others


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Word History and Origins

Origin of flying start1

First recorded in 1850–55

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Idioms and Phrases

see under get off the ground .

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Example Sentences

PEN week got off to a flying start with the opening celebration of the sixth PEN World Voices Festival.

He retorted with a fling at the green costume of the other, and then the bugle sounded for the flying start.

As is well known, aeroplanes need a sort of flying start in order to become effective.

The latter had got away with a flying start, however, and her writhing body plugged the only means of escape.

Hating to play the rôle of an eavesdropper any longer than necessary he made a flying start and burst into the room.

Thus it enjoys the benefit of a flying start, but, notwithstanding this, it generally fails to make a catch.

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