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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Whyte’s elite speed, and the fact the Bears used a seventh-round pick on him, gave him a leg up on former undrafted free agent Ryan Nall. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "The Bears 53-man roster is set — for now. Here’s a detailed breakdown plus analysis from our team of reporters," 30 Aug. 2019 Mertz might have a leg up in this one, despite his youth. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Seven Intriguing Quarterback Battles to Watch in Fall Camp," 26 July 2019 Rowe signed a one-year deal that could be worth $2,775,000 with the Dolphins this offseason, and the hope is that his understanding of the schemes and concepts Flores brought with him from New England would give him a leg up on the competition. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick ever reach his full potential if Miami keeps moving him around? | Countdown to camp," 20 July 2019 We’ll be joined by the League of Conservation Voters, giving us a leg up on the candidates’ environmental voting records and 2020 climate plans. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit," 11 July 2019 When done effectively, a forest fire gives sequoias a leg up over some other trees vying for space. Los Angeles Times, "California fire mystery: No major summer brush fires after years of record destruction," 22 Aug. 2019 Liam Welch, a junior, had the leg up by virtue of sitting behind Hodges the past the few seasons. Evan Dudley, al, "Samford looks forward as season opener looms Saturday," 21 Aug. 2019 Mattison has a leg up to be the backup behind Dalvin Cook, who was rested for a second straight preseason game. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Do Kyle Sloter’s preseason numbers add up to shot at Vikings’ No. 2 QB job?," 19 Aug. 2019 Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and get into a squatting position or put one leg up on the toilet seat. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Happens If You Have 2 Tampons In At The Same Time?," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of leg up

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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