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  • v. To rise suddenly.
  • v. To begin to operate.
  • v. To begin.


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  • They heard him start up his motor-bicycle and churn off along Yowford Lane.

    Death of a Fool

  • I said I was going to write to his head office in Sydney and tell them why I'd done it, and I said I was going to write to the Bank of New South Wales and offer my account to them if they'd start up a branch here with no flies.

    A Town Like Alice

  • “I heard it start up at ten minutes past seven,” said Mrs. Tripper.

    Flowers for the Judge

  • Without replying, I scramble to my feet and start up toward the river road.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • After I fought Ken Shamrock the first time, I decided to start up a Tito Ortiz Foundation to help out underprivileged and inner-city kids.

    This is Gonna Hurt

  • The stream of cars flows in front of me and comes to a stop, then the cars on my left start up and go east on Eighty-sixth Street.


  • And the Floriculture training prepares students for positions as floral designers or managers, or to start up their own shops.

    You’re Certifiable

  • Just as we all bring emotional history and relationship-related preconceptions with us when we start up with a new partner, we also bring a bevy of key characters whose opinions are important to us, and who, to some extent, affect our beliefs and behavior.

    What Men Say, What Women Hear

  • He offered to rent me his apartment in New York but also had this request: Please let me keep your soon-to-be personal assistant, Lynn Manuel, whom Oshima kindly let me borrow to start up work here.

    A Billion Lives

  • He felt a pulse start up in his temple and his annoyance at that stif­fened his spine.

    Behold the Stars


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