- a crank used to start the motor of an automobile.
Origin of starting handle
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for starting handle
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.
I believe my starting-handle must have gone wrong, to say nothing of my valves-I mean nerves.
He heaved at the starting-handle, patiently at first, then rapidly, then with a violent fury.The House by the River
A. P. Herbert