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- the start of a race in which the contestants are already moving as they pass the starting line
- any rapid beginning
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noun In both senses also called running start.The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Sports A racing start in which the contestants are already in full motion when they cross the starting line.
- A quick or auspicious beginning.
flying start - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
see under get off the ground.