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 Parental dedication paid off as both careers got off to a flying start. CNN, "Lewis Hamilton vs. Michael Schumacher: Who is the greatest?," 26 Oct. 2020 Sheffield United have made a flying start to life in the top flight and have certainly proved their critics wrong., "Moment of Appreciation: 7 Underrated Star Performers From This Season's Premier League," 2 Nov. 2019 Despite some questionable performances, Sarri has had a flying start in Italy., "Torino vs Juventus: 4 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates for the Turin Derby," 2 Nov. 2019 The Wolverines are off to a flying start with a young team while the Cougars are looking to right the ship after a rocky start. Jenna Ciccotelli,, "Some new faces between the pipes," 31 Dec. 2019 Di Maria got the visitors off to a flying start in the first half before Mbappé sealed the win in the 83rd minute after the home side had two players sent off. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mbappé returns, scores as PSG beats 9-man Nice 4-1," 18 Oct. 2019 The Portuguese striker got the home side off to a flying start in the fourth minute, holding off Aleksandar Dragovic’s challenge after he was played through by Danny da Costa and staying cool to beat goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. CiarÁn Fahey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Frankfurt beats Leverkusen 3-0 in Bundesliga," 18 Oct. 2019 At home, Zelenskiy had been off to a flying start since his shock election victory in April. Kathleen Hunter,, "Trump Aims for Joe Biden, Ensnares Ukraine's Leader," 23 Sep. 2019 Rumors are going to fly starting early this season. Jacob Feldman,, "With Urban Meyer, FOX Hopes to ‘Make a Dent’ against ESPN’s College GameDay," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of flying start

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Nov 2020

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“Flying start.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flying start

: a good or fast start

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