- a starter, as of a motorcycle, that operates by a downward kick on a pedal.
Origin of kick starter
First recorded in 1915–20
Also called kick start.
- to start by means of a kick starter: to kick-start a motorcycle.
Origin of kick-start
First recorded in 1910–15
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- to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards
- informal to make (something) active, functional, or productive again
- an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something