"kickoff" in the noun sense
football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
2. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset
the time at which something is supposed to begin
"they got an early start"
"she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
3. kickoff, send-off, start-off
a start given to contestants
"I was there with my parents at the kickoff"
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