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upstart

noun [C] uk   /ˈʌp.stɑːt/  us   /-stɑːrt/

upstart noun [C] (PERSON)

disapproving a person, especially a young one, who has suddenly got power or an important position and takes advantage of this in an unpleasant way

upstart noun [C] (BUSINESS)

a new competitor: Larger drug companies are buying up many of the upstart firms.
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