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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.


/light/build a fire under Slang
To urge or goad to action.
References in classic literature ?
And that night the man says to me, 'What time start to-morrow, Charley?
And we start at three o'clock, for I am their man, and that which they say is to be done, I do.
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.
You are not yet finished, and you start out by being impudent to your poor old father.
If I couldn't drop him at the start, all I'd do is to keep away, smother up, an' wait.
As soon as his back was turned, I went to my writing desk to start the story.
The night was not so dark but that, besides the lights at bows and mastheads gliding to and fro, they could discern some shadowy bulk attached; and now and then a ghostly lighter with a large dark sail, like a warning arm, would start up very near them, pass on, and vanish.
TONIGHT Dara O'Briain, Caird Hall, Dundee Starts 8pm.
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It was really a matter of finding the right adjustments to make in the hot conditions,'' said Busch, who won his fifth pole of the season in 25 starts.
When the burner fire starts, hold the START BURNER button while releasing the BURNER CHOKE handle.
Issued building permits, an indicator of home starts to come, are down slightly in Sudburythrough the first three months of 2005 over that period in 2004 (28 permits compared to 36) Mazza anticipates those numbers will bounce back next month.
Cheese service usually starts in earnest around 6:30 in the evening, and once it starts, it doesn't stop -- it's table to table to table all night long.