One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crank for starting the engine of a car.
- ‘I remember a man in the pub one morning with the starting handle of the lister engine tucked under his oilskin.’
- ‘The girl's whole body wobbled as she industriously turned a big iron handle, like the starting handle of an old fashioned car.’
- ‘Never mind, a crank of the starting handle, and we were back up and running.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's rather like offering refunds if the starting handle on your Model T Ford breaks or an eight-year-old urchin fails to sweep your chimney satisfactorily.’
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