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 Whole families often scrape together resources to give their sons a leg up in courtship by securing an apartment or house – assets scrutinized by potential brides and their parents. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 May 2021 State Representative Jon Santiago is enlisting Massachusetts House leaders from beyond Boston to help boost his mayoral bid, arguing that his support within legislative circles outside the city would still give Boston a leg up on Beacon Hill. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2021 Canadian Pacific is smaller and has less overlap with Kansas City Southern, which could give it a leg up in winning antitrust approval. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 21 May 2021 This lineup could also give the new company a leg up on its rivals, Netflix and Disney, which have gotten more into unscripted programming, but lack in certain areas. Frank Pallotta And Kerry Flynn, CNN, 17 May 2021 But in her quest for public funds, Cox’s relationships inside state government didn’t necessarily give her a leg up, Adams contends. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2021 Oregon can sell Duarte’s role, as well as his NBA development, which should give them a leg up on the competition. oregonlive, 7 May 2021 Apfel tried to convince him that taking responsibility would give him a leg up with the Parole Board. STAT, 14 Apr. 2021 Because India is a former British colony, doctors there spoke English and had a leg up. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jun 2021

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“Leg up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg%20up. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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