Etymology
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kick-start (v.)

1919 (implied in kick-starter), "method of starting an internal combustion engine (of a motorcycle) by pushing down a lever with the foot," from kick (n.) + start (n.). Figurative sense of "take a course of action that will quickly start a process" is by 1995.

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Definitions of kick-start

kick-start (v.)
start (a motorcycle) by means of a kick starter;
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