from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-lever for moving the valves in starting a steam-engine.
- n. Same as gee-throw.
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The Engineer at the starting-bar revolves the turret.
And again, I had tried to switch with an old hook-motion in the night and forgot to take out the starting-bar, and she threw it at me, knocking out some teeth; and taking it altogether, I was a changed man.
The other man, with a long score to pay the walking boss, seized the iron starting-bar, and descended.
As he mounted the locomotive, and especially as he pulled the starting-bar, all other functions seemed insignificant.