leg up


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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This is where Miss Emerson has a leg up on Miss America. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Over-the-Line's Miss Emerson Contest isn't what you think it is," 13 July 2018 The one place where Spotify might have a leg up: advertising. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018 That flexibility gives the C.S.R. a leg up on airline- or hotel-specific cards. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Credit Card," 2 July 2018 This one also traveled about 30 feet further than the previous one in true distance, giving it another leg up on No. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Inside J.D. Martinez's Essential Role With the Red Sox and the Best of Mike Trout," 25 June 2018 The biggest thing McClung’s viral dunks did for him, however, was give him a huge leg up in the college-recruiting process. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "The Instagram Stars of High-School Basketball," 18 May 2018 Republicans holding on to their governorships, especially in the Midwest, would give them a leg up in the next round of redistricting. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "All elections have consequences. 2018's are huge.," 22 June 2018 In short, Escient’s investors are betting that this insight will give the company a leg up in developing drugs for these diseases. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego biotech startup Escient raises $40 million," 9 May 2018 Eggers, of course, means to use his celebrity platform to give a leg up to a worthy unknown, which is commendable but faintly discomfiting. Michael Lindgren, Houston Chronicle, "The story of the most dangerous cup of coffee in the world," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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