Definition of flying start in English:

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flying start

Pronunciation: /ˈˌflīiNG ˈstärt/


1A start of a race or time trial in which the starting point is passed at speed.
Example sentences
  • Despite that, he got a flying start into the opening race and shot from ninth on the grid to fourth place at the first corner.
  • World record holder Jackson false started to put himself under pressure but held his nerve to make a flying start and race away to claim his third title, having won in 1989 and 1994.
  • Racing in the National Track Championships at the Velodrome, Glynis first took the 200m flying start record with 14.067s.
1.1A good beginning, especially one giving an advantage over competitors: the team got off to a flying start in last year’s rally
More example sentences
  • After attending drama school back in Dublin, Birthistle's career got off to a flying start with a role in the Irish television soap opera Glenroe, set in the Wicklow Mountains.
  • Sligo's shopping spree has got off to a flying start with hundreds of shoppers availing of the many bargains in the participating stores throughout the town.
  • The appeal got off to a flying start with a £500,000 anonymous donation in February, and funds at the beginning of May were £536,000.

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Syllabification: fly·ing start

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