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Postby hanuman_2000 » Sat Oct 30, 2004 10:02 am


"what was that?', asked Neel with a start.

What is meaning of "with a start" in the given sentence.

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Postby Alan » Sat Oct 30, 2004 2:02 pm

It means 'making a sudden, involuntary movement through fright or shock'. (It has nothing to do with 'beginning'!)
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