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Definition of running start noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    running start

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  1. 1a start to a race in which the runners are already running when they reach the starting line The racers were given a running start.
  2. 2(figurative) The Democratic candidate seems to be off to a running start.
  3. 3(figurative) Government benefits gave veterans a running start (= an advantage).