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“start out” in British English

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start out

phrasal verb with start uk /stɑːt/ us /stɑːrt/ verb

C1 to begin your life, or the part of your life when you work, in a particular way:

My dad started out as a salesperson in a shop.

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  • He started out as a teacher and only began writing in his thirties.
  • What started out as a part-time job soon became a full-time occupation.
  • She started out as a waitress and was spotted by a model scout.
  • She started out life as Norma Jean Mortenson.
  • It's hard to believe she started out as a magician's assistant.

(Definition of “start out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“start out” in Business English

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start out

phrasal verb with start uk /stɑːt/ us verb

[ I ] to begin to do something in business or a job, or to begin your working life in a particular way:

I learned that lesson three years after starting out in the venture-capital business.
I started out as a sales assistant in a store.

(Definition of “start out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)