kick-start

verb
\ ˈkik-ˌstärt How to pronounce kick-start (audio) \
kick-started; kick-starting; kick-starts

Definition of kick-start

transitive verb

1 : to start (something, such as a motorcycle) by means of a kick-starter

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kick start noun

First Known Use of kick-start

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of kick-start was in 1928

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“Kick-start.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick-start. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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kick-start

verb

English Language Learners Definition of kick-start

: 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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