Definition of kick-start in English:


Syllabification: kick-start
Pronunciation: /ˈkikˌstärt


[with object]
1Start (an engine on a motorcycle) with a downward thrust of a pedal.
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  • Leaving the commons behind, I kick-started my motorcycle, and rode toward the sliding door of the warehouse.
  • The effect of such an influx of capital is similar to kick-starting a motorcycle; it takes that sharp input, it may need more than a single attempt, but once it catches, the engine takes over.
  • He told the jogger: ‘I'm off’ and tried to kick-start the motorcycle.
1.1Provide the initial impetus to: they need to kick-start the economy
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  • The bankers on the Mound took the applause from disgruntled shareholders for kick-starting the process that led to the underperforming English bank being taken over by more efficient Scottish operators.
  • Do you credit Jeremy's departure with kick-starting the process?
  • ‘A lot of people have very ambitious ideas, but almost nobody has the funding to kick-start a global initiative,’ Aylward said.
start up, fire up, jump-start, turn on, get something moving, get something off the ground, energize


(also kick start or kick starter) Back to top  
1A device to start an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal, as in older motorcycles.
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  • I rotated the kick-start to see if the motor was seized. I got it down smoothly to the point where it would start to rotate the motor, and then nothing.
  • When the engine is off and the bike is in gear I squeeze the clutch and then pump the kick-start and the bike moves.
1.1An act of starting an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal.
1.2An impetus given to get a process or thing started or restarted: new investment will provide the kick-start needed to escape from recession
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  • He didn't have all that much to do but I was pleased at the way he was coming off his line and hopefully that will provide a big kick-start for his confidence.
  • What is it that gets Auckland out of its summer stupor and provides a kick-start for the new year?
  • Upgrading of PCs should theoretically provide a kick-start for the PC producers, good solid but low margin business.

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