give someone a leg up

idiom

Definition of give someone a leg up

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

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“Give someone a leg up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20someone%20a%20leg%20up. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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