Definition of bump-start in English:


noun & verb

  • another term for push-start
    • ‘Their only scare came before the start when the car refused to fire up and had to be bump-started away from the hotel on Saturday morning.’
    • ‘A Park and Ride car park is not the best place to try and find volunteers to bump-start a car [especially if you are not sure the fault can be solved by bump-starting it].’
    • ‘Through came Patrese, who had bump-started his car down the hill, to win his first grand prix.’
    • ‘Oh and never help a new neighbour in distress (he'd tried bump-starting his car in reverse).’
    • ‘Are thieves prepared to bump-start? it?’
    • ‘Which of course now means I'll have to bump-start it in the snow next week.’
    • ‘But we needed to push it, to bump-start it, which was easier said than done, with over a ton in weight to push, on a muddy field.’