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.

Examples of sputter/roar to life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The massive Super Heavy rocket booster, which houses 33 engines, was expected to roar to life and vault the Starship spacecraft off its ground pad, which lies within SpaceX facilities on the coast of South Texas, sending the vehicle soaring out over the Gulf of Mexico. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 17 Apr. 2023 An hour before engines roar to life, a pit party lets guests see 12,000-pound trucks up close and meet drivers and crews, while a play area has inflatable slides and a remote control truck course. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2023 That February, the US invaded Kuwait, and Kaplan watched the campus roar to life with anti-war activists, who marched with gas masks and chanted their parents’ slogans from Vietnam. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 10 Mar. 2022 In its 118 years, the company has made a lot of motorcycles, and a shocking number of them are still on the road, or at least ready to roar to life out of the dusty recesses of the garage. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, 25 Apr. 2021 If all goes according to plan, Falcon 9 will roar to life at 7:27 p.m. EST and lift off from Launch Complex 39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 15 Nov. 2020

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“Sputter/roar to life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sputter%2Froar%20to%20life. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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