Definition of starting handle in English:

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starting handle


chiefly historical
A crank for starting the engine of a car.
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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