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*start

 
1. and *jump(start) battery power to help start someone's car, etc. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) My car is stalled. I need to get a start. I got my car going. I got a jump from John.
2. help in beginning one's career; a first opportunity in the beginning of one's career. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) She got a start in show business in Cincinnati. She had a start when she was only four.

start something

to start a fight or an argument. (Something can be replaced by anything or nothing with the negative.) Hey, you! Better be careful unless you want to start something. I don't want to start anything. I'm just leaving.

start

/light/build a fire under Slang
To urge or goad to action.
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After swallowing a little breakfast we started, Umbopa, Khiva, and Ventvogel accompanying us.
Again the herd started, but unfortunately for them about a hundred yards further on was a nullah, or dried-out water track, with steep banks, a place very much resembling the one where the Prince Imperial was killed in Zululand.
So after we were rested a little, and the Kafirs had cut out the hearts of two of the dead elephants for supper, we started homewards, very well pleased with our day's work, having made up our minds to send the bearers on the morrow to chop away the tusks.
We got to Waterloo at eleven, and asked where the eleven-five started from.
Speed--that's what's needed, and so are the large sustaining surfaces for getting started and for altitude.
He started the engine, and with a wild burr of gas explosions the beautiful fabric darted down the launching ways and lifted into the air.
A man, reading a newspaper, had just started up at the sight of the returning pigeon, when be heard the burr of Winn's engine and saw the huge monoplane, with all surfaces set, drop down upon him, stop suddenly on an air-cushion manufactured on the spur of the moment by a shift of the horizontal rudders, glide a few yards, strike ground, and come to rest not a score of feet away from him.
But suddenly, up the street somewhere, perhaps near that public-house, a row started as if Bedlam had broken loose: shouts, yells, an awful shrill shriek-- and at that noise all these heads vanished from behind the bars.
Frou-Frou started into a gallop, her left foot forward, made two bounds, and fretting at the tightened reins, passed into a jolting trot, bumping her rider up and down.
At midnight, leaving the insatiable Bert and Mary still dancing, Bllly and Saxon started for home.
Often they believed this beat and plash to be the boat they lay in wait for, running in ashore; and again and again they would have started up, but for the immobility with which the informer, well used to the river, kept quiet in his place.
Although he was the top qualifier, Thirkettle started seventh in the heat race and sixth in the main event.
Stop cranking if the engine hasn't started after two minutes, or you can burn up the starter.
Our guys have been with me since the day I started building (in 1996).