leg up


Definition of leg up

1 : a helping hand : boost

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Synonyms & Antonyms for leg up


abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, hand, help, helping hand, lift, support



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Examples of leg up in a Sentence

a key endorsement that would give the struggling candidate a real leg up right now

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Both processes give applicants a leg up in the admissions process, with early decision being particularly advantageous. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019 Chinese companies could have a leg up by using their huge domestic market to develop new apps and hardware that flourish with the faster speeds. Josh Chin, WSJ, "The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground," 9 Feb. 2019 In a way, the federal prohibitions alongside state legalization are giving smaller-scale producers a leg up. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed," 21 Nov. 2018 In 2018, coding skills can give you a serious leg up on other candidates. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Kickstart a Career in Programming for Only $39," 2 Oct. 2018 Parallels has many strengths, including a leg up or two on VMWare Fusion with certain features. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "VMWare Fusion 11 adds support for Core i9 MacBook Pro and 18-core iMac Pro," 25 Sep. 2018 The push to sell pepperoni and beer may give Pizza Hut a leg up on digital leader Domino's Pizza as well as Papa John's, which is facing negative publicity over its founder and former chairman's recent racist comments. Leslie Patton, chicagotribune.com, "Pizza Hut expands beer delivery," 13 July 2018 The use of electronics, instead of a conventional grenade fuse gives the EDD leg up on flashbangs in several ways. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019 Saving early on gives you a leg up on growing that money. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "Women Need to Think About Investing Differently Than Men," 30 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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