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starting handle

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noun British.
  1. a crank used to start the motor of an automobile.
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Origin of starting handle

First recorded in 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for starting handle

Historical Examples

  • Finally, he hurled the starting-handle at the wind-screen and smashed it.

    The Secret Places of the Heart

    H. G. Wells

  • "As you choose," returned Jack, turning the starting-handle.

    The Motor Maid

    Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson

  • One day you toil at the starting-handle half an hour, the next the thing comes to life with a touch, and nobody can explain why.

    The Lightning Conductor

    C. N. Williamson

  • I believe my starting-handle must have gone wrong, to say nothing of my valves-I mean nerves.

    The Lightning Conductor

    C. N. Williamson

  • He heaved at the starting-handle, patiently at first, then rapidly, then with a violent fury.