Definition of starting handle in English:

starting handle

Line breaks: start|ing han¦dle


chiefly • historical
  • A crank for starting the engine of a car.
    More example sentences
    • Never mind, a crank of the starting handle, and we were back up and running.
    • I remember a man in the pub one morning with the starting handle of the lister engine tucked under his oilskin.
    • Ever since I took up diving, back in the days of black and white when the van had a starting handle, I had been forced to endure the same rhetorical question.

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