Definition of start in in English:

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start in

1Begin doing something, especially talking: people groan when she starts in about her acting ambitions
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  • He ran the fastball, you know, the one that kind of starts in and goes back over the plate.
  • Fred starts in on how, this week, he chose some of his wife's best clothes, some of the clothes which he says were custom made, and offered them to his neighbor and, as a result, he feels that he has made progress and is coping better.
  • She agreed, stubbornly, and I started in on what Folttel had told me, and watched as Jana's eyes went slowly and slowly wider.
1.1 (start in on) North American Begin to do or deal with: she started in on her face
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  • Then, at 10:00 am, he started in on the last remaining manuals.
  • Once we were home, we started in on the outside decorations.
  • It was 7: 30, almost dark, by the time Geoff started in on his 21st consecutive, and final, operation.
1.2 (start in on) North American Attack verbally; begin to criticize.
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  • But when she and Mack left, they started in on how fat she was.
  • I could tell Anna was getting ready to start in on how if I just applied myself more often I could have more ‘productive days’.
  • We get more done than she sometimes gives us credit for, which does cause me considerable frustration when she starts in on the, ‘We never do anything,’ riff that is one of her specialties.
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