out (of) the (starting) gate

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out (of) the (starting) gate

At or from the very starting position. Out the gate, the company's latest video game console has proven wildly popular. We're aiming to be the first one out of the gate with mixed-reality technology. I was a bit slow out of the starting gate to find what I wanted to study in college, but by my second year I felt really confident in my degree.
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But rather than blaze some new trail, the company stumbled badly out of the gate late last year, with a site chock full of wretched grammar, incoherent design (including an embarrassing name change from "Open Source Media," after a different "Open Source Media" protested), and much wince-inducing wannabe-journalist jargon, such as "compiled by OSM staff in Barcelona."
The first out of the gate, the "gay spy movie" D.E.B.S., debuted in March, and it's highly doubtful there'll be a better cinema success story, gay or straight, this year.
"It may have taught them the lesson of `go slow, come out of the gate funny more than emotional,' perhaps," says Crane.
At Shenley Court Comprehensive 1,600 swarmed out of the gates early - they had originally planned to not go back after lunch and picket the school instead.
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