leap out at

phrasal verb

leaped out at or leapt out at; leaping at; leaps out at
1
: to suddenly come at (someone) from a hiding place
The man leaped out at her from behind a shrub.
2
: to immediately get the attention of (someone)
The picture on the magazine's cover leaps out at you.

Examples of leap out at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This session was led by a former UN moderator, who seemed absurdly terrified of them, poised in her chair as if ready to leap out at a moment’s notice. Hazlitt, 24 Jan. 2024 Marian McLain is bottled at higher 102 proof, but that doesn’t leap out at you on the nose. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2023

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“Leap out at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leap%20out%20at. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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