jumpstart (v.) also jump-start, to start a car using battery booster cables, by 1970, from jumper "wire used to cut out part of a circuit or close a gap” (1901 in telegraphy); see JUMP (Cf. jump) + START (Cf. start). Related: Jumpstarted; jumpstarting. Figurative use by 1975.

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