flying start


Definition of flying start

1 : a start in racing in which the participants are already moving when they cross the starting line or receive the starting signal
2 : a favorable start of something

Examples of flying start in a Sentence

The meeting got off to a flying start. The restaurant made a flying start by filling up on opening night.

Recent Examples on the Web

The competitors check in the with pace boat at the far end of the course and then attempt to remain in some semblance of a formation as everyone pulls into position for the flying start. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lobstermen Go Racing," 30 June 2019 After making a flying start on the South Coast after joining from Napoli, Gabbiadini has rather struggled this season scoring just three goals in 21 appearances., "Bologna Prepared to Bring Out of Form Southampton Striker Manolo Gabbiadini Back to Italy," 17 Jan. 2018 After their flying start to the current Premier League season - which included a big win over Arsenal - Watford have started to slide steadily down the league table., "Watford Midfielder Etienne Capoue Signs New Contract to Stay at Vicarage Road Until 2022," 1 Mar. 2018 Oscar Ramirez’s side got off to a flying start with a comfortable 2-0 success over Trinidad and Tobago and a 4-0 crushing of the United States, before being beaten 2-0 by Mexico in March 2017., "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Costa Rica's Chances at the Tournament," 3 June 2018 After being discovered in a salsa dance class, Branker, then 51, was signed and off to a flying start, appearing in a Miu Miu campaign shot by Steven Meisel. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Girl Crush Alert: Meet Five of the Beauties Tommy Ton Cast for His Womenswear Debut at Deveaux," 11 Sep. 2018 Lukaku and Hazard will surely be gunning to get off to a flying start in front of goal, and their attacking quality should prove far too much for Panama to handle., "World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Panama - Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News, Prediction & More," 17 June 2018 Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco got the hosts off to a flying starting with an individual effort just seven minutes into the game., "Malaga vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 9 Feb. 2018 Henrikh Mkhitaryan got off to a flying start at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night by tearing apart Everton alongside Aaron Ramsey - who hit a hat-trick, Mesut Ozil, and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang., "Alexis Who? Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Creative Display Against Everton Has Arsenal Fans Purring," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of flying start

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flying start

: a good or fast start

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