Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a running start

a running start
Meaning(s)
1) begin something with an advantage over other people
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • get/have/be given a running start
  • Analysis
     If someone or something has a 'running start' they begin with an advantage. You might hear this used when talking about social issues: "Children who eat breakfast each day have a running start when it comes to paying attention in the classroom." It can be used in sport: "Number 14 is off to a running start." Or it can be used to talk about professional advantages: "This candidate has the right qualifications for the role, so in my books, he is off to a running start for the position."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. We were given a running start on the project because we were finished with our other assignments.
    2. Right away, the team was off to a running start because of their combined knowledge on the chosen topic.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The first quarter figures are in, and things are looking good. We're off to a running start with this product.
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