Definition of flying start in English:

flying start

noun

  • 1A start of a race or time trial in which the starting point is passed at speed.

    • ‘Despite that, he got a flying start into the opening race and shot from ninth on the grid to fourth place at the first corner.’
    • ‘World record holder Jackson false started to put himself under pressure but held his nerve to make a flying start and race away to claim his third title, having won in 1989 and 1994.’
    • ‘Racing had started 40 minutes later because the scheduled ambulance failed to turn up and the Aces then made a flying start.’
    • ‘Racing in the National Track Championships at the Velodrome, Glynis first took the 200m flying start record with 14.067s.’
    • ‘However, in getting a flying start he had jumped the green lights and picked up a 20 second time penalty which left him back in eighth place.’
    1. 1.1 A good beginning, especially one giving an advantage over competitors.
      ‘the team got off to a flying start in last year's rally’
      • ‘Fairtrade Fortnight got off to a flying start with delicious treats made from Fairtrade products being served at the Haven Christian Centre, Pembroke.’
      • ‘The ebullient Brendan got off to a flying start when a fan called Maria, seated in the front stalls, complimented him on his trimmed-down figure.’
      • ‘A NEW college in Ashton under Lyne got off to a flying start when normal lessons gave way to a two-day festival designed to ignite a life-long passion for science.’
      • ‘‘It was important the manager got off to a flying start,’ says Collins.’
      • ‘Batchelor said he was confident of City attendances of 5,440 next season to break even, particularly as season ticket sales had got off to a flying start.’
      • ‘The Swindon Cancer Appeal has got off to a flying start.’
      • ‘The project got off to a flying start earlier this month with two bike rides from King George's Park to mark the start of the Wandle Valley Festival.’
      • ‘And he got off to a flying start in this year's series when he finished second in 12 min 29 sec in Monday's opening 2.2 mile race.’
      • ‘But it got off to a flying start by putting osso bucco with risotto alla Milanese on its menu, which is on the short-list for my desert island dish.’
      • ‘Suzuki got off to a flying start with three straight birdies and ended the day with eight birdies against one bogey for a total of 16-under-par 200.’
      • ‘The Lahardane players got off to a flying start and ran up a 2-3 lead with no response from the home side.’
      • ‘The appeal got off to a flying start with a £500,000 anonymous donation in February, and funds at the beginning of May were £536,000.’
      • ‘Last year's runners up, the Goats Gate, got off to a flying start with a 6-2 win against the Dragon.’
      • ‘After attending drama school back in Dublin, Birthistle's career got off to a flying start with a role in the Irish television soap opera Glenroe, set in the Wicklow Mountains.’
      • ‘After identifying what he recognised as a gap in the market for a high-quality food establishment in Bradford, Mr Loynes said the venture got off to a flying start.’
      • ‘OUR campaign to persuade the city council to ditch its controversial plan to introduce fortnightly rubbish collections in Southampton has got off to a flying start.’
      • ‘Manchester's first specialist academy school got off to a flying start - with the release of 3,000 balloons.’
      • ‘Sligo's shopping spree has got off to a flying start with hundreds of shoppers availing of the many bargains in the participating stores throughout the town.’
      • ‘This weekend bonanza got off to a flying start when the guests were welcomed in the royal traditional style, garlanded and saluted by elephants.’
      • ‘Church of Fools got off to a flying start on Tuesday May 11 th, until a computer crashed somewhere in York, England.’

Pronunciation:

flying start

/ˈˌflīiNG ˈstärt/