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outset

[ out-set ]
/ ˈaʊtˌsɛt /
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noun
the beginning or start: I wanted to explain the situation at the outset.

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Origin of outset

First recorded in 1530–40; out- + set
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British Dictionary definitions for outset

outset
/ (ˈaʊtˌsɛt) /

noun
a start; beginning (esp in the phrase from (or at) the outset)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with outset

outset

see at the outset.

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