kick-starter

noun
kick-start·​er | \ ˈkik-ˌstär-tər How to pronounce kick-starter (audio) \

Definition of kick-starter

: a motor starter (as on a motorcycle) that is activated by a thrust of the foot

First Known Use of kick-starter

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kick-starter was in 1916

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“Kick-starter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick-starter. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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