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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 woman credited with kick-starting London's ultimately successful Olympic bid is to be honoured by the Queen, it was reported yesterday.
The album remained on the British charts for two years, kick-starting glitter-rock and making the orange-haired Bowie a superstar on both sides of the Atlantic.
11 group has proven it is serious about kick-starting a mesh networking standard," according to Peter Stanforth, Chief Technical Officer, MeshNetworks.
The district board of trustees praised Chancellor Philip Westin on Tuesday night for kick-starting the district's growth program and guiding the administration through an uncertain period.
He's been kick-starting the people living on his block for 20 years, and has most of them flying the flag before they put the coals on the barbecue.
Industry leaders expect pay-as-you-go pricing to be most effective in kick-starting the sale of low priced content and services, and more than 80 percent of online merchants surveyed plan to offer content via micropayments within the next year.
Having rent-free incubator space for a year at the York Science Park will be immensely beneficial in kick-starting our British venture.
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CASH is kick-starting a trend that will surely be the driving-force behind the consumer's desire to buy products off the Internet.