to set out on a journey
to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etc: he started out as a salesman
to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aim: they started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat
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How to use start out in a sentence
start out with that so you understand what happened, beginning with the Treaty of Westphalia.
Riedel added that not all Americans who went to join ISIS start out looking to become Islamic militants.
To be completely honest, like I said, I did not start out trying to make any kind of statement whatsoever.An Artist Explores the Complicated Relationship Between Women and Food | Erin Cunningham | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“General Motors did not start out to be a health care company that occasionally built an automobile,” Punaro said.
Maybe this is hope for authors: you can start out a Casaubon, but you have to become a Sebald.
My son gives the young men and women a complete wardrobe when they start out to win their way in life, and the details fall on me.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He would hardly be likely to start out on a long trip across country without a watch, and yet nothing of the sort was discovered.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
To start out between the sections of an extra train would be to court destruction.
Newland and Tarlton is the firm that outfits most shooting parties that start out from Nairobi.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
Hundreds of girls start out and find work for the first time without any evident responsibility on the part of even good mothers.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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