leg up


: a helping hand : boost

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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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leg up was in 1871

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“Leg up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg%20up. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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