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Difference between Get a start and Get one’s start

get a start

1. receive help starting one’s car:

  • My car is stalled. I need to get a start.

2. receive the first major opportunity of one’s career:

  • She got a start in show business in Cincinnati.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase get a head startbegin smth. earlier than another person thus gaining an advantage:

  • Taxpayers are encouraged to get a head start on tax preparation, especially since early filers avoid the last minute rush.

get one’s start— = get a start 2:

  • She helped me to get my start by recommending me to the manager.