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

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 Also, Pikes Peak uses a flying start, a curving acceleration zone of about 100 yards before the timing beam. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018 Lexus and Infiniti got unprecedented news coverage, the brands got off to a flying start and the global auto industry changed forever as the Japanese auto industry shed its reputation for cheap and cheerful cars. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Here’s how to save the Detroit auto show," 22 June 2018 Kyle Walker was again utilised as part of a back three alongside John Stones and Cahill, whose well placed finish got England off to a flying start early on., "England 2-1 Nigeria: Three Lions Best Super Eagles Thanks to Kane & Cahill Strikes," 2 June 2018 Stetson left two men on in that inning after Mike Spooner got things off to a flying start with a homer as the game’s second hitter. Brett Friedlander,, "Stetson falls to North Carolina in opener of Chapel Hill Super Regional," 8 June 2018 But Peru made a flying start to the group stage when Cubillas tore a strong Scotland side to shreds, scoring twice., "World Cup Countdown: 12 Weeks to Go - The Story of Teofilo Cubillas, the Peruvian Pele," 29 Mar. 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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