start (one) out as (something)

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start (one) out as (something)

To have one begin at some basic or low-level position, especially as the first stage in a process of development. Phil, start him out as a dishwasher and see how he does with that. Just because your boss started you out as a data-entry clerk doesn't mean that you can't move up in the company.
See also: out, start
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start out as something

to begin one's career as something. I started out as a clerk and two years later I'm still a clerk! I wanted to start out as an assistant manager.
See also: out, start
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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