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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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The junta, however, appointed a 250-strong Senate, packed full of former generals, which unanimously voted for Prayuth as prime minister and gave the general a clear leg up. Washington Post, "Thai parliament extends term of junta chief Prayuth, voted prime minister after inconclusive elections," 6 June 2019 That, in turn, would give large caps a leg up over small caps, because a weaker greenback makes U.S. multinationals’ exports relatively less expensive in world markets. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Small-Cap Stocks Teeter on the Edge of a Bear Market," 12 Dec. 2018 The aerodynamics and downforce give you a leg up over a car with a more normal driving profile. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Nine things I learned from driving a supercar for three days," 9 Nov. 2018 If ray tracing gets popular, the dedicated RT hardware inside newer RTX 2080 cards would give them a big leg up over the GTX 1080 Ti’s performance. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 In an effort to get a leg up, last summer Visa launched Cashless Challenge, which awarded small businesses $10,000 to upgrade their point-of-sale systems to be totally cashless. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Yoox Net-a-Porter, which has struggled to keep up, is trying to get a leg up by joining with JD’s rival. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Alibaba-Net-a-Porter Is New Front in China’s Luxury War," 26 Oct. 2018 Everyone from the Hadid sisters to Julianne Moore have gotten a leg up on first-class style through a myriad of silhouettes. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Airport Shoes to Wear Now—And They’re Celebrity-Approved, Too," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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