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kick-start

1. noun Literally, a metal bar on a motorcycle that one kicks down with one's foot in order to start the engine. Also called a "kick-starter." Jake hit the kick-start and peeled out of town on his motorcycle.
2. noun An action or event that serves to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, system, or process. Our productivity is beginning to slump. We need to come up with some kind of a kick-start for our employees.
3. verb Literally, to start a motorcycle by kicking down on a metal bar that activates the engine. Please don't kick-start your bike until I'm firmly on the seat behind you!
4. verb By extension, to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, system, or process. Politicians are hoping that the new stimulus package will help kick-start the economy.
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The Coventry Partnership's health and wellbeing theme group kick-started the idea and the city council has allocated pounds 90,000 over two years to set it up.
Tuskegee University's $60 million Legacy Campaign, which had already been kick-started with $16 million in contributions, officially launched on Feb.
The establishment of an Ontario Provincial Police training facility on campus has kick-started a whole series of major physical changes that will unfold in the next many months prior to classes resuming in September.
LONDON BRONCOS kick-started their Super League season by becoming only one of three teams to collect maximum points over Easter.
Fiorano kick-started its leadership position by signing a partnership with billion dollar Toshiba IT, Japan.
Summary: Fernando Torres scored his first goal in ten games as Liverpool kick-started their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over West Brom.
232, enjoyed a four-hit evening that included a two-out, two-run double that kick-started a four-run uprising in the second for a 6-0 lead.
The commissioning of the Southern Cross network in November last year kick-started the move to broadband access.
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Happy hour is kick-started each day with a DJ spinning from Plateau to keep the high-energy atmosphere flowing throughout all of the spaces.
Summary: Boeing kick-started an expected aircraft orders frenzy at the Farnborough Airshow by announcing a multi-billion pound deal with Emirates.
Hints in future episodes suggest he's not as happy about his cozy family life as he pretends, that he's on his way to becoming his wretched, disaffected father, whose death kick-started the series.
Switching Hooker and midfielder Lauren Treinen in the second half of Thursday's match at Hart of Newhall kick-started the Eagles' play.