Definition of kick-start in English:



  • 1 Start (an engine on a motorcycle) with a downward thrust of a pedal.

    • ‘Rae snarled wordlessly and kick-started the bike, the engine noise drowning out her rantings.’
    • ‘I grabbed my ski mountaineering gear, he kick-started his enduro bike, and riding double we motorcycled up the jeep trail to snowline on East Maroon Pass.’
    • ‘Leaving the commons behind, I kick-started my motorcycle, and rode toward the sliding door of the warehouse.’
    • ‘The effect of such an influx of capital is similar to kick-starting a motorcycle; it takes that sharp input, it may need more than a single attempt, but once it catches, the engine takes over.’
    • ‘He told the jogger: ‘I'm off’ and tried to kick-start the motorcycle.’
    1. 1.1Provide the initial impetus to.
      ‘they need to kick-start the economy’
      • ‘The station's redevelopment has been earmarked as a major element in kick-starting the Airedale masterplan proposals.’
      • ‘It has just awarded his Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives $3m to kick-start the project which, he says, will uncover the essence of life.’
      • ‘Three Ryder Cup team-mates will contest the Madeira Island Open this week, all looking to kick-start their careers.’
      • ‘The project organisers also recommend kick-starting the venture by demise chartering six longline vessels under government's current fishing policy.’
      • ‘More than 200 gay men from across North America arrived at a remote Arizona oasis by summer's end, kick-starting an international movement that flourishes to this day.’
      • ‘Last week Manchester United relaunched its official website in an attempt to kick-start its hitherto moribund internet operation.’
      • ‘Do you credit Jeremy's departure with kick-starting the process?’
      • ‘Other dentists prefer to kick-start the treatment by using a laser to activate the gel in the surgery, with shorter at-home follow-up sessions.’
      • ‘The prize was conceived to kick-start private space initiatives and space tourism in particular.’
      • ‘And the New Swindon Company the organisation charged with kick-starting the renaissance of Swindon town centre has said a change of culture must start now.’
      • ‘‘A lot of people have very ambitious ideas, but almost nobody has the funding to kick-start a global initiative,’ Aylward said.’
      • ‘I could see how Andy was on a downward spiral and I think the rejection from us helped kick-start his career.’
      • ‘Former hospital consultants created the prints to kick-start York Health Services NHS Trust's project to vastly improve services to patients and visitors.’
      • ‘And that breakfast (a first ever in my adult life) kick-starts my metabolism in the morning and keeps me satiated longer.’
      • ‘There is a major story subplot that I have not mentioned, which truly kick-starts the emotional journey for all of our characters.’
      • ‘Argentina's third president this year has drawn fire for his proposal for a new floating currency which he hopes will kick-start consumer spending but which some fear could quickly become worthless.’
      • ‘In a further hint at recovery in the tech sector, Microsoft and Cisco have outlined plans for acquisitions which could kick-start international consolidation.’
      • ‘After receiving a grant from Wandsworth Council, the organisation began looking into other community needs and kick-started a number of youth projects for young people living on the estate and in the surrounding area.’
      • ‘The bankers on the Mound took the applause from disgruntled shareholders for kick-starting the process that led to the underperforming English bank being taken over by more efficient Scottish operators.’
      • ‘Since last month, BT Wholesale has announced a number of initiatives to kick-start the broadband market in the UK.’


  • 1A device to start an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal, as in older motorcycles.

    • ‘When the engine is off and the bike is in gear I squeeze the clutch and then pump the kick-start and the bike moves.’
    • ‘I rotated the kick-start to see if the motor was seized. I got it down smoothly to the point where it would start to rotate the motor, and then nothing.’
    1. 1.1An act of starting an engine by the downward thrust of a pedal.
    2. 1.2An impetus given to get a process or thing started or restarted.
      ‘new investment will provide the kick-start needed to escape from recession’
      • ‘It was the police overreaction that gave the student struggle its kick-start and helped launch over a year of action.’
      • ‘This handy volume gets a kick-start with the lecture ‘What is a Classic?’’
      • ‘The buddy picture genre gets a kick-start by pairing up a homicide cop and a fire marshal to solve the case.’
      • ‘A kick-start for a programme like this, which is enormous in size, was the only way to get it off the ground.’
      • ‘Locally made and produced goods will also appear more attractive to foreign buyers and this could give a kick-start to some ailing British industries, like the motor manufacturers.’
      • ‘Children in Need has become a supporter and is giving them a kick-start in replacing worn out equipment with a grant of £2,661.’
      • ‘What is it that gets Auckland out of its summer stupor and provides a kick-start for the new year?’
      • ‘It was a good tournament, a kick-start for the national team doing well in 1994.’
      • ‘I did have one solitary experience with Ms. Reynolds before our relationship started to grow and my life got a huge kick-start in its already progressing downward spiral.’
      • ‘They needed a sharp kick-start to help recruiting.’
      • ‘Furthermore, this will meet expressed criteria for good public accessibility as well as giving a much-needed kick-start to the apparently stalled Vision for Trowbridge.’
      • ‘As a kick-start to a Battle of the Bands competition, it is at least a curiosity.’
      • ‘It can be a great kick-start into a transformation that will motivate her to adopt an active, healthy lifestyle.’
      • ‘The party needs a kick-start of some description.’
      • ‘We need a win and knocking off the Hawks could be a real kick-start to our season!’
      • ‘All that is needed now is for the action on the field to begin, and this evening it was given a kick-start.’
      • ‘Upgrading of PCs should theoretically provide a kick-start for the PC producers, good solid but low margin business.’
      • ‘He didn't have all that much to do but I was pleased at the way he was coming off his line and hopefully that will provide a big kick-start for his confidence.’
      • ‘Several others found his or her way into the busy shop in order to purchase their Frappacino manacles in order to give them a daily kick-start.’
      • ‘The Irish film industry is not doing good at the moment and it does need a kick-start.’