give someone a leg up

Definition of give someone a leg up

informal

  1. 1 :  to hold one's hands together so that someone can step into them while climbing up onto something I don't think I can get on this horse without help. Can someone give me a leg up?

  2. 2 :  to give someone an advantage over others These skills will give you a leg up in the job market.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: such as

    :  one of the paired vertebrate limbs that in bipeds extend from the top of the thigh to the foot

    :  the part of such a limb between the knee and foot

  1. :  to use the legs in walking

    :  run

  1. : legal

    : legato

    : legislative; legislature

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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