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start at (something)

1. verb To have some initial or minimum monetary value. Our computers start at $400, getting more expensive the more powerful you want it to be. We're starting the price at $150,000 for the house, but we may have to lower it if there aren't any decent offers. Cashiers start at $8 an hour, but we offer pay raises after you've been with us for at least six months.
2. noun The beginning point of some task or activity that one is undertaking. We might as well make a start at the dishes. This scheme gives young families an early start at saving up for the deposit on their first homes.
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start at

v.
1. To have some value as a minimum: This line of new cars starts at $22,000.
2. To begin some job at some initial salary: I started at $8.00 per hour, but I get more now.
3. To move suddenly or involuntarily: The horses started at the loud noise.
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He walked up, and a little boy, playing unconcernedly in the sunshine, started at his approach and fled quickly away: to him the stranger was the enemy.
All smiles Ellie Rushforth was happy to start at Braehead Primary School run Aaliyah Hunter started at Bannockburn Primary New start Fallin Primary welcomed Lewis Telfer
Looking smart Liam Jack Hallyburton got started at Balfron Primary
Looking forward Mark Quinn started at East Plean Primary
Thumbs up Kaiden Singh started at Bannockburn Primary
Best pals Cole Wyles started at Raploch Primary, while Sophie Fraser started at Our Lady's Primary
Kitted out David Mcdougall got started at Our Lady's Primary
As a final check on the accuracy of my results, I perform analyses that compare the achievement of individual students to their own achievement in a different year in which the middle school they attended started at a different time.
The association outlined new evidence in late June that Hill violated federal ethics laws by failing to disclose that she was on a leave of absence and had not resigned from Cen-Tex Family Services when she started at Head Start in early 2002.
Sitting in Bennet's own restaurant, Painter describes how he and Bennett each started at the same time, opening hospitality businesses in Parry Sound in 1995.
Offering diversity is the way I also approached cheese later on when I started at Picholine.