starting handle

  1. a crank used to start the motor of an automobile.

Origin of starting handle

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby starting handle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use starting handle in a sentence

  • He dropped the starting handle on to the floorboards and stepped briskly across to his levers.

    The Hero of Panama | F. S. Brereton
  • With a spring he was aboard, and, tumbling at once into the well, he searched in the darkness for the starting handle.

    The Hero of Panama | F. S. Brereton
  • Then he bounded to the engine, jerked the starting handle into position, and sent the motor whirling.

    The Hero of Panama | F. S. Brereton
  • 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.