a running start


1. begin something with an advantage over other people






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get/have/be given a running start

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If someone or something has a 'running start' they begin with an advantage. You might hear this used when talking about social issues: "Children who eat breakfast each day have a running start when it comes to paying attention in the classroom." It can be used in sport: "Number 14 is off to a running start." Or it can be used to talk about professional advantages: "This candidate has the right qualifications for the role, so in my books, he is off to a running start for the position."

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  1. We were given a running start on the project because we were finished with our other assignments.
  2. Right away, the team was off to a running start because of their combined knowledge on the chosen topic.

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  1. The first-quarter figures are in, and things are looking good. We're off to a running start with this product.
  2. Our onboarding process is designed to get new employees off to running start as quickly as possible.

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(get/give) a (head) start

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