start out

Meaning: to begin a life or a career in a particular way

For example:

  • start out He started out as a teacher, but now he runs a business selling educational games.

  • start out Painting started out as a hobby, but now it's her full-time profession.

Quick Quiz:

Our school's best football player started out as a defender, and

a. before that he was a forward

b. then he became a defender

c. now he's a forward

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