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Meaning of flying start

fly'ing start'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a start, as in sailboat racing, in which the entrants begin moving before reaching the starting line.
  2. a start or beginning of anything, characterized by the participant's vigor and enthusiasm and sometimes by a certain advantage over competitors: She's off to a flying start in her new job.
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