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nounusually starting blocks
A shaped rigid block for bracing the feet of a runner at the start of a race:‘they will take their mark on official Olympic starting blocks’figurative ‘only six of a planned twenty hotels are off the starting blocks’‘negotiations are not off the starting blocks yet’
- ‘John Bonham said Laois County Council were one of the first County Councils off the starting blocks to look after the needs of the travelling community.’
- ‘For example, look at the chaps lining up at the starting blocks for the 100m final at any Olympics.’
- ‘Businesses, meanwhile, have raced out of the starting blocks and become more forceful players in this recovery.’
- ‘One guy is in the starting blocks ready to burst forward.’
- ‘Even the much despised Robbie Savage is no slouch out of the starting blocks but then that's only to prevent himself from getting a pasting.’
- ‘For England had come slowly out of the starting blocks and been overwhelmed by a spirited German opening salvo.’
- ‘A Brentwood church and school are already on the starting blocks for the Olympic Games by hosting their own themed event.’
- ‘York is on the starting blocks to play a leading role in the great Olympics extravaganza - after heavyweight backing from Lord Coe.’
- ‘By the time these athletes reached the starting blocks they had to have their bodies and mind in racing state - ready to push themselves for about eight minutes.’
- ‘The first initiative off the starting blocks is a joint venture with former Olympic hurdler and sprinter Kriss Akabusi.’
- ‘In contrast, Australia used the event as a starting block for its Olympic campaign.’
- ‘Cameras flashed and the fans got to their feet when Jones made her way to the starting blocks.’
- ‘Scottish companies that hoped to reap the benefits of London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games appear to have been left on the starting blocks.’
- ‘He's not the quickest out of the starting blocks.’
- ‘Sunday's 35-point loss to Indianapolis looked like a track meet with the Texans mostly stuck in the starting blocks.’
- ‘Alison Sheppard also added a silver medal to the bronze she won earlier - though she had to swim the 50m freestyle final twice to do it after a problem with one of the starting blocks on the first run through.’
- ‘Charles Booth, inventor of the runner's starting blocks, and the oldest competitor in a class all of his own, at this week's World Masters Games.’
- ‘Macclesfield have stumbled out of the starting blocks and languish in 17th spot after taking six points from six games.’
- ‘Still only 19, the Nike-sponsored sprinter will be a relative baby in the starting blocks at the birthplace of the Olympic Games.’
- ‘It is moments before the race begins and eight Olympic finalists prepare themselves behind the starting blocks.’
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