start out

verb (intr, adverb)

to set out on a journey
to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etche started out as a salesman
to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aimthey started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat
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Examples from the Web for start out

  • I don't think Mary ever felt the same about her phone after that start-out.

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Idioms and Phrases with start out

start out

Set out on a trip, as in The climbers started out from base camp shortly after mid-night. [Early 1900s]

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