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: to start (something, such as a motorcycle) by means of a kick-starter
: jump-start sense 2
1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: to start (a motorcycle) by pushing down on a lever with your foot
: to cause (something) to start quickly
: to give new energy to (something)
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