Definition of start on in US English:

start on

phrasal verb

  • 1Begin to work on or deal with.

    ‘I'm starting on a new book’
    • ‘The girls waited for the prince to begin eating his own food before they started on their own, which was custom.’
    • ‘Armed with soap suds, sponge, and rags, he starts on the task ahead.’
    • ‘Yeah, okay he didn't win as many matches as he would have wanted to, but he has set up a very good platform for the nest manager to start on.’
    • ‘It's time I started on another piece, except I still haven't managed to find one.’
    • ‘Finishing his glass of water he simply starts on mine.’
    • ‘There I have been lucky and it was easy for me to manage the gap on Sunday morning and I started on pole.’
    • ‘I now have a wheelchair and a pair of crutches and I will soon be starting on a new course of medicine to try and deal with the various medical problems.’
    • ‘The second someone starts on that line I know it's a lie.’
    • ‘This next one seems to have plenty to keep me occupied, so I'd better go off and begin drafting the review before starting on the next one.’
    • ‘Paula is watching him and starts on another train of thought.’
  • 2informal Begin to talk to someone, especially in a critical or hostile way.

    ‘she started on about my not having nice furniture’
    • ‘Next you're going to start on about how pro-wrestling is a respectable art form. It's absolutely embarrassing how low-brow American movies have become.’
    • ‘I'm concerned that by going to her she'll start on about all the things I do wrong.’