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Khalid Sami
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:19:10 PM
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Hi

From TFD:
out of the blocks
From a starting position, as in a race or contest: The company has in the past been slow out of the blocks to adapt to consumer tastes.
roar
1. To utter or express with a loud, deep, and prolonged sound. See Synonyms at shout.

But, even so I can't understand what the writer want so say.
I Wonder whether or not "roared out of the blocks" has the same meaning as "roar back".
roar back
To have great success after a period of lackluster performance; make a dramatic recovery: lost the first set but roared back to win the match.

The visitors roared out of the blocks, and, inspired by midfield playmaker Jacob Mellis, established a two-goal lead through Dagnall and Marlon Harewood inside 20 minutes. Lifeless before halftime, the Dons improved after the break, but Dean Bowditch's goal was all they could muster, and Dagnall added a late third on the counterattack to seal the win.

Source: Yahoo sport.

Thank you very much.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:31:09 PM

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The visitors were rumbling from the beginning of the game.
Luftmarque
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:35:17 PM

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An American might say the visitors were competitive "from the get-go." (At least I understood the question, unlike the "chipped pass" question which requires someone familiar with football).
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:47:32 AM

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Similar to "scream", the verb "roar" is used to describe a vehicle moving very fast.
This has also been extended to describe a person running very fast.

The bikes screamed round the bend at 120 miles an hour.
He roared past the finish-post fifty yards ahead of the field.

Quote:
roar verb
...
4 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition (of a vehicle or its rider/driver) to move very fast, making a lot of noise
She put her foot down and the car roared away.
A group of young men on motorcycles roared past.
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

"Roared out of the blocks" will mean "moved very quickly, right from the start of the game.

It looks to me that "roar back" is simply this use of 'roar' with the adverb 'back'.
Angus
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:40:34 PM
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"The blocks" is a reference to the starting blocks used by runners competing in the shorter sprints.
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