Definition of start in in English:

start in

phrasal verb

  • 1Begin doing something, especially talking.

    ‘people groan when she starts in about her acting ambitions’
    • ‘Then you start in on the ‘X passage should have been translated as Y’ stuff.’
    • ‘She agreed, stubbornly, and I started in on what Folttel had told me, and watched as Jana's eyes went slowly and slowly wider.’
    • ‘He ran the fastball, you know, the one that kind of starts in and goes back over the plate.’
    • ‘Right away, they started in on their lectures, going on about how martial arts encouraged bowing down to a higher power that was definitely not God, and that I should be very careful.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, if I back the car out of the driveway, she's going to see those two little patches of dirt and start in on a variation of Mother's ‘what will the neighbors think’ speech.’
    • ‘One young lady noticed I had a VIP pass, and started in on me with her need to get backstage.’
    • ‘After we were done, she started in on all the details.’
    • ‘‘It wasn't, and I have to go,’ I injected the last part right before she could start in on more questions.’
    • ‘I sighed as I reached the podium, pulling my mirror out of my pocket and putting it on the stand in front of me and swept my eyes over the crowd once before starting in on my speech.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1North American Begin to do or deal with.
      ‘she started in on her face’
      • ‘We'd reached the middle of the dance floor by this point, and I turned to face him, putting my free arm on his shoulder and starting in on the steps right away.’
      • ‘‘So,’ he said as he started in on his third doughnut.’
      • ‘Once we were home, we started in on the outside decorations.’
      • ‘I stare wild-eyed at the computer and instead of jumping up and starting in on those lists and to-dos, I stare some more.’
      • ‘Planting continued across the state at the end of the week, with some producers finishing up their corn and starting in on their soybeans.’
      • ‘Then, at 10:00 am, he started in on the last remaining manuals.’
      • ‘The rented organist started in on the familiar measures of ‘Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring,’ and Father Marino strode onto the altar.’
      • ‘It was 7: 30, almost dark, by the time Geoff started in on his 21st consecutive, and final, operation.’
      • ‘He sat down and dug in, licking his bowl clean and then starting in on the fruit.’
      • ‘I finished off the last novel of a mystery series I love yesterday and have no others to start in on, so I think I'll turn in for the night.’
    2. 1.2North American Attack verbally; begin to criticize.
      • ‘Almost immediately my father started in on how the person who was out in California who made the first complaint about had way too much time on their hands.’
      • ‘But when she and Mack left, they started in on how fat she was.’
      • ‘One day, I'm having dinner and he starts in on me about something or another and mentions the spaghetti I'm eating.’
      • ‘But we are hesitant to start in on this business of who's there and who isn't.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Emma starts in on me about Paul and he just laughs and nudges my shoulder.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘The turning point came when she started in on the psychiatrist, who as she pointed out, smoked continually.’
      • ‘As soon as we made it through the front door she started in on me, ‘You were stupid!’’
      • ‘It funny how those commenting then started in on each other.’