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 Ahead of me, Steve was hanging from one branch while throwing a leg up over another. Anchorage Daily News, "On the Kenai Peninsula, the hills are alive — and a lot farther away than they look," 20 June 2020 In a July 2019 Instagram post, Offset shared a screenshot of himself FaceTiming Cardi B, who appeared to be lifting her leg up to show her husband his name tattooed in cursive on the back of her thigh. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B Shows Off Her Revamped Peacock Hip Tattoo After 'Hours of Pain'," 16 June 2020 Candidates used controversial statements and loaned themselves large sums of money in an attempt to give themselves a leg up. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Spartz, Hale claim victory in Indiana 5th District," 3 June 2020 And here’s the trait that actually gives them a leg up on your expensive survival knife: These stone flakes are disposable. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Primitive Survival Skills that Will Keep You Alive," 26 May 2020 Senior Jakoby Jones got five starts at left guard, after Galten went down, and has the leg up on the position battle heading into spring. Evan Dudley, al, "5 things to look for as UAB opens spring practice," 29 Feb. 2020 Experience at every level gives the Hawkeyes a leg up on the rest of the Big Ten West. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Preseason Power Rankings: The Hype vs. the Reality for 2019's Top Teams," 19 Aug. 2019 British viewers got a jump on the Season 2 craze, which aired there weeks before hitting Amazon Prime in May — giving the show’s U.K. fans a leg up on snagging the jumpsuit Fleabag wears in the first episode. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "The 7 most pleasant surprises of the Emmy nominations, from ‘Schitt’s Creek’ nods to a sweep from ‘When They See Us’," 16 July 2019 But his critics say his access to intelligence gave him a leg up and may have lured him to engage in insider trading, a crime under a 2012 law banning investments based on information gleaned in government posts. Philip Elliott, Time, "Under Scrutiny for Stock Sales, Senator Richard Burr to Set Aside Intel Committee Gavel," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Leg up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg%20up. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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