start as

start as something

to begin in some original condition or status. Every forest fire starts as a small spark. The argument started as a small disagreement.
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References in classic literature ?
I feared to go very far from the station, as we had arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible.
That reminds me to remark, in passing, that the very first official thing I did, in my adminis- tration -- and it was on the very first day of it, too -- was to start a patent office; for I knew that a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a crab, and couldn't travel any way but sideways or backways.
I not only watched this tournament from day to day, but detailed an intelligent priest from my Department of Public Morals and Agriculture, and ordered him to report it; for it was my purpose by and by, when I should have gotten the people along far enough, to start a newspaper.
What's nice is that, as his final start as Martinez's replacement approaches, Candiotti is once again accepting of his fate.
Johnson & Johnson has singled out Head Start as one of our primary philanthropic interests in the field of education and health," said Ralph S.
While some parents undoubtedly use Head Start as an opportunity to watch more television, few get off scot-free.
Community action staff members viewed Head Start as a competitor for OEO funds.
From the beginning a central tenet of Head Start has been "up and out"-meaning that a parent might start as a volunteer, then become a paid teacher's aide, a teacher, or even return to college, and ultimately enter the middle class.