flying start


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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flying start was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Flying start.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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