leg up


Definition of leg up

1 : a helping hand : boost

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Zesty is hoping that its proprietary – and patented – AI tech will give it a leg up in the long run. Cyrus Farivar, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Banks should get a leg up on the data issue once US regulators finalize new rules for corporate climate disclosures. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 27 June 2022 Expect Phoenix to get a leg up and cover in Game 1. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 The larger context here wasn’t just the incumbent’s age — her 89th birthday is this June — or the desires of would-be replacements to get a leg up on election opponents. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 Geralt and Triss both got better hairdos, and Ciri got a leg up in both the hair and eyebrow department as well. Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 That the forehand and backhand strokes were the same gave them a leg up over an average person playing for the first time, but learning the intricacies took more time. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2022 His background in ice climbing and Arctic expeditions gave him a leg up, since Labrador is covered in snow and ice in the winter. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 3 June 2022 The experience Braxton Burmeister gained from four years of college football — most notably as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback last season — gave him a leg up in San Diego State’s quarterback competition. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

12 Aug 2022

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“Leg up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg%20up. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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