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kick-start

1. noun Literally, a metal bar on a motorcycle that one kicks down with one's foot in order to start the engine. Also called a "kick-starter." Jake hit the kick-start and peeled out of town on his motorcycle.
2. noun An action or event that serves to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, system, or process. Our productivity is beginning to slump. We need to come up with some kind of a kick-start for our employees.
3. verb Literally, to start a motorcycle by kicking down on a metal bar that activates the engine. Please don't kick-start your bike until I'm firmly on the seat behind you!
4. verb By extension, to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, system, or process. Politicians are hoping that the new stimulus package will help kick-start the economy.
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Controlling them is believed to be the key to kick-starting serious reforms in Russia.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 29 (ANI): After kick-starting festivities in Mumbai, the much-in-love-couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are now off to Jodhpur for their very own royal wedding.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 29 ( ANI ): After kick-starting festivities in Mumbai, the much-in-love-couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are now off to Jodhpur for their very own royal wedding.
"The real headline should be the borrowing - it is a frightening sum of money and it cannot be paid back without reductions in public services or large tax rises." David Orr, chief executive of the Housing Federation, said: "The Chancellor has taken a step in the right direction by identifying some clear ways of kick-starting house-building but unfortunately he hasn't been bold enough."
"When it broke down he got more and more angry as he kept kick-starting it without any effect."
Summary: Kathmandu, [Nepal] Nov 05 (ANI): Kick-starting celebrations ahead of Diwali or Tihar, locals in Nepal are celebrating Kaag Tihar- a festival dedicated to crows.
THE woman credited with kick-starting London's ultimately successful Olympic bid is to be honoured by the Queen, it was reported yesterday.
Summary: Athens (Greece) [India], June 16 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind arrived in Athens's Greece city on Saturday, kick-starting their three-nation visit.