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start up (something)

phrasal verb with start  us   /stɑrt/ verb
  • (OPERATE ENGINE)

to ​cause an ​engine to ​begin to ​operate: I didn't ​evenhear the ​vacuumcleaner start up when Jose ​begancleaning the ​carpets. He ​heard the ​stranger start up a ​motorcycle.

start up something

phrasal verb with start  us   /stɑrt/ verb
  • (BEGIN COMPANY)

to ​begin a new ​company, ​organization, or ​activity: We started up an ​operatheatercompany that toured all over the ​South.
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