from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The point or line, marked out by a post or otherwise, from which competitors start in a race or contest.


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  • Here, as we are come round to the charge of ingratitude, the starting-post from which we set out, perhaps we had better conclude.

    George Cruikshank 2006

  • He might have been such himself had he not gone wrong in life from the very starting-post.

    Castle Richmond 2004

  • The fourth argument is that concerning the two rows of bodies, each row being composed of an equal number of bodies of equal size, passing each other on a race-course as they proceed with equal velocity in opposite directions, the one row originally occupying the space between the goal and the middle point of the course and the other that between the middle point and the starting-post.

    Physics Aristotle 2002

  • A, A ... be the stationary bodies of equal size, B, B ... the bodies, equal in number and in size to A, A ..., originally occupying the half of the course from the starting-post to the middle of the

    Physics Aristotle 2002

  • Hercules Invictus was the god of the triumphing imperator and held sway over the Forum Boarium, in which lay the various meat markets, and which formed the large open space in front of the starting-post end of the Circus Maximus.

    Fortune's Favorites McCullough, Colleen, 1937- 1993

  • At the same instant I was aware of a stifled scream, and the sound of my name; but I paid no heed, and rode slowly down the field to where Harry Dunn and the other waited my coming at the starting-post.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1867 Various

  • A point which yesterday was invisible is its goal to-day, and will be its starting-post to-morrow. '

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy Various

  • The white steed of the plains is coming to the starting-post.

    The Golden Spears And Other Fairy Tales Edmund Leamy

  • Half an hour's rest brought them again to the starting-post, where Mac repeated his old tactics, and with similar bad success.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada Henry A. Murray

  • Squire Osbaldeston was riding Rush at walking pace past the stand to the starting-post just before the race.

    The Portland Peerage Romance Charles J. Archard


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