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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Then Landolphi swung her legs up in the air and did a handstand on Zeiger’s shoulders. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 With the expanding light rail and bus service that’s concentrated in certain areas, commuters in certain neighborhoods have a leg up on getting around via public transit. The Seattle Times, "Get in the groove with Seattle’s commuter-friendly vibe," 15 Oct. 2018 The winning firms would have a leg up on building future vertiports, and there could be plenty of them on the way. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The "Mega Skyport" Is a Fanciful Future Landing Spot for Uber’s Flying Taxis," 19 July 2018 Bring your right leg up toward your chest and clasp your hands around your knee, holding the stretch for two or three counts. Philly.com, "4 mobility exercises to start every workout," 19 June 2018 Goodrum wears his pant legs up high, an old school baseball player, who is built like a football star. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Where's Niko Goodrum? Detroit Tigers' super-sub can play everywhere," 19 Apr. 2018 Halloween might be tomorrow night, but stylish ghouls and goblins got a leg up on the festivities over the weekend at the raging Halloween bash hosted by Allison Sarofim. Vogue, "Allison Sarofim Hosts Her Annual Epic Halloween Bash," 30 Oct. 2018 Northwestern's 240-acre campus sits right on the edge of Lake Michigan—giving it a leg up on every other college in the country. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America," 6 Aug. 2018 Ahmed is the strongest defender and could have the leg up for playing time. Nick Piecoro, USA TODAY, "Diamondbacks offseason report: Out to prove 2017 was no fluke," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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