sputter/roar to life

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Definition of sputter/roar to life

of a machine
: to begin working The engine suddenly roared to life. After several attempts to start it, the engine finally sputtered to life.

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“Sputter/roar to life.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sputter%2Froar%20to%20life. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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