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phrasal verb [intransitive] American informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystart in
he/she/itstarts in
present participlestarting in
past tensestarted in
past participlestarted in

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  1. to begin talking in a boring or annoying way, usually complaining or criticizing someone or something
    She was waiting for me and started in again.
    start in on: Then she starts in on the dangers of marriage.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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