A crank for starting the engine of a car.
- 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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