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out (of) the (starting) gate

At or from the very starting position. Out the gate, the company's latest video game console has proven wildly popular. We're aiming to be the first one out of the gate with mixed-reality technology. I was a bit slow out of the starting gate to find what I wanted to study in college, but by my second year I felt really confident in my degree.
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In what is becoming their usual habit, the Dodgers exploded out of the gate, scoring three runs before first-time starter Jae Seo even walked to the mound.
8 million weekend box office performance of Sony Pictures Entertainment's ``Spider-Man'' proved that the nation's movie houses are well-equipped to handle unprecedented numbers of fans right out of the gate thanks to multiple screens and robust advanced online ticket sales.
USC rocketed out of the gate for an 8-0 lead its first two at-bats, driving ASU starter Ryan Mills, the sixth player taken in last week's draft, off the mound by the second inning.
But nobody is conceding the race to him, especially not Abaginone, who generally flies out of the gate right to the lead and challenges others to catch him.
At Shenley Court Comprehensive 1,600 swarmed out of the gates early - they had originally planned to not go back after lunch and picket the school instead.
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