Flying-start meaning

A racing start in which the contestants are already in full motion when they cross the starting line.
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A quick or auspicious beginning.
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The start of a race in which the contestants are already moving as they pass the starting line.
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Any rapid beginning.
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(idiomatic) An especially good start.

The new restaurant got off to a flying start, packing out every night.

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The start of a sports event in which the competitors are moving when they pass the starting line or initial jump point.
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Origin of flying-start

From sailboat races, where the ships should be 'flying' under full sail as they cross the starting line.