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kick starter

  1. a starter, as of a motorcycle, that operates by a downward kick on a pedal.
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Origin of kick starter

First recorded in 1915–20
Also called kick start.


or kick·start

verb (used with object)
  1. to start by means of a kick starter: to kick-start a motorcycle.
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Origin of kick-start

First recorded in 1910–15
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verb (tr)
  1. to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards
  2. informal to make (something) active, functional, or productive again
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  1. an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something
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Derived Formskick-starter, noun
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