a crank used to start the motor of an automobile.
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How to use starting handle in a sentence
He dropped the starting handle on to the floorboards and stepped briskly across to his levers.
With a spring he was aboard, and, tumbling at once into the well, he searched in the darkness for the starting handle.
Then he bounded to the engine, jerked the starting handle into position, and sent the motor whirling.
George, a small boy of twelve, turned the starting-handle, and soon the engine was humming.A Fortunate Term | Angela Brazil
Shelton had pulled the starting handle of a motor-generator and its rising whine accompanied his words.Astounding Stories, March, 1931 | Various