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kick-start

or kick·start

[ kik-stahrt ]
/ ˈkɪkˌstɑrt /
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verb (used with object)
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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British Dictionary definitions for kick-start

kick-start
/ (ˈkɪkˌstɑːt) /

verb (tr)
to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards
informal to make (something) active, functional, or productive again
noun
an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something

Derived forms of kick-start

kick-starter, noun
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