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begin by (doing something)

To start by taking a particular action (which is stated after "by"). We will begin by stretching. I began by checking out all the library books I would need for my research.
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begin by doing something

to start out by doing something first. We will begin by painting the house. She began by opening the door.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Frou-Frou's shoulder, beginning by now to be dark with sweat, was even with Gladiator's back.
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