start in


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start someone in (as something)

 and start someone out (as something)
to start someone on a job as a certain kind of worker. I got a job in a restaurant today. They started me in as a dishwasher. I now work for the telephone company. They started me out as a local operator.
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start in

Begin, as in He started in serving, without taking any practice. [Late 1800s] Also see start out.
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start in

v.
1. To begin something with determination: She dumped the puzzle pieces on the table and started in. After she had prepared the appetizers, the chef started in on the main course.
2. start in on To criticize someone harshly: As soon as I walked in the door, my parents started in on me for being late.
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References in classic literature ?
It seemed impossible that after getting ready with so much hurry and inconvenience I should have lost my chance of a start in life from such a cause.
Charles Powell in whose start in life we had been called to take a part.
Then who can hope to know what my feelings were, to hear this armor- plated ass start in on it again, in the murky twilight of tradition, before the dawn of history, while even Lactantius might be referred to as "the late Lactan- tius," and the Crusades wouldn't be born for five hundred years yet?
I reckon it ain't going to suffer none for lack of paint," I says, "when you start in to scollop the facts.
Well, now," he says, perfectly ca'm, "what would you say if I was to tell you I ain't going to start in at all?
A special project aimed at giving children up to three years of age and their families the best possible start in life, Sure Start is a partnership between the education and social services departments of the Vale council, the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, NCH Action for Children and the Colcot Community Project.