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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To start up, to jump.
  • v. To get away, escape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. Same as astert.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To escape; escape from.
  • To cause to start; startle.
  • To start up.
  • To be escaped from.


From a- +‎ start. (Wiktionary)



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