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.

    • ‘Racing had started 40 minutes later because the scheduled ambulance failed to turn up and the Aces then made a flying start.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Racing in the National Track Championships at the Velodrome, Glynis first took the 200m flying start record with 14.067s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    advantageous beginning, opening, opportunity, chance, helping hand, encouragement, lift, assistance, support, boost, kick-start
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    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Swindon Cancer Appeal has got off to a flying start.’
      • ‘Fairtrade Fortnight got off to a flying start with delicious treats made from Fairtrade products being served at the Haven Christian Centre, Pembroke.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Manchester's first specialist academy school got off to a flying start - with the release of 3,000 balloons.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last year's runners up, the Goats Gate, got off to a flying start with a 6-2 win against the Dragon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Lahardane players got off to a flying start and ran up a 2-3 lead with no response from the home side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’

Pronunciation

flying start

/ˈˌflīiNG ˈstärt//ˈˌflaɪɪŋ ˈstɑrt/