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launch forth (upon something)

to set out on something; to begin on something, such as a journey or a long lecture or sermon. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) We launched forth on our trip before dawn. What time shall we launch forth tomorrow morning?
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launch into something

to start in doing something. Now, don't launch into lecturing me about manners again! Tim's mother launched into a sermon about how to behave at the dinner table.
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launch (one's lunch)

Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. When I saw that mess, I almost launched my lunch. Watch out! She's going to launch!

launch out on something

to start out to do something or go somewhere. When are you going to launch out on your expedition? Ted and Bill launched out on their trip through the mountains.
See also: launch, on, out

launch something against someone or something

to set something going against someone or something. The general launched an attack against the town. Claire launched a gossip attack against James.
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set forth on something

 and launch forth on something 
1. Lit. to start out on something, such as a journey. We intend to set forth on our journey very early in the morning. What time will you launch forth on your trip?
2. Fig. to begin presenting a speech or an explanation. As soon as John set forth on his speech, three people walked out. Every time he launches forth on a presentation, it's a half hour before he shuts up.
See also: forth, on, set

launch into somebody

to criticize someone severely He launched into me for not having called or e-mailed in a long time.
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launch into something

to start something with energy or enthusiasm She launched into the song as if she couldn't hold herself back. He launched into an attack on all the people who had laughed at his idea.
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launch into

v.
To start saying or doing something enthusiastically; plunge into something: The professor launched into the topic after a brief introduction.
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launch (one’s lunch)

tv. & in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. When I saw that mess, I almost launched my lunch.
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launch

verb
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Figure 68: Biotech contribution from launches and expiries ($m), 2005-11
Figure 49: Company growth rates from launches and expiries, 2005-11
Figure 50: Mid Pharma contribution from launches and expiries ($m), 2005-11
Figure 67: Company growth rates from launches and expiries, 2005-11
Company growth rates from launches and expiries, 2005-11
Big Pharma contribution from launches and expiries, 2005-11
Biotech contribution from launches and expiries, 2005-11
Table 9: Company contributions from launches and expiries, 2005-11
Table 10: Company growth rates from launches and expiries, 2005-11
After that, an additional four launches of the Ariane 5 are scheduled for 2006.
About four years ago, in fact, DOD decided to start leaning more heavily on ELVs again in its own launches, rather than relying on the shuttle.
Specific shuttle missions have been "manifested' only through 1990, but ELV launches are tentatively listed through 1995 (though some are merely reserved launch opportunities, rather than plans for lofting specific satellites).
Besides the two shuttle missions, five of NASA's scheduled ELV launches are to carry military payloads--two of them classified, plus communications and navigation satellites for the Navy and an "instrumented test vehicle' for a test of the proposed U.
Scientists, engineers and astronauts who are used to the excitement of launches say it's special this time, because Glenn's first flight strikes a universal chord among those who work in or near space.