jump-start

[juhmp-stahrt]

noun

Also jump. Automotive. the starting of an internal-combustion engine that has a discharged or weak battery by means of booster cables.

verb (used with object)

to give a jump-start to: to jump-start an engine.
to enliven or revive: to jump-start a sluggish economy.

Origin of jump-start

First recorded in 1975–80
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British Dictionary definitions for jumpstart

jump-start

verb

to start the engine of (a car) by connecting it to another engine with jump leads or (of a car) to start in this way

noun

the act of starting a car in this way
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Word Origin and History for jumpstart
v.

also jump-start, to start a car using battery booster cables, by 1970, from jumper "wire used to cut out part of a circuit or close a gap" (1901 in telegraphy); see jump + start. Related: Jumpstarted; jumpstarting. Figurative use by 1975.

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