leg up
noun Date: 1837 1. a helping hand ; boost 2. head start

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • leg-up — leg ,up noun singular 1. ) INFORMAL if you give someone a leg up, you help them to make progress, especially in their career 2. ) if you give someone a leg up, you help them climb something by letting them put their foot in your hands and then… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • leg up — (n.) aid, boost, 1837, from LEG (Cf. leg) (n.) + UP (Cf. up) …   Etymology dictionary

  • leg-up — n give sb a leg up informal a) to help someone to get up to a high place by joining your hands together so they can use them as a step b) BrE to help someone succeed in their job …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • leg up — Used in the context of general equities. (1) Have a portion of the offsetting side of a trade in your pocket ( spoken for) so your capital risk in the transaction is reduced. ( purchase of 10,000 of a 50,000 buy order leaves the trader a leg up… …   Financial and business terms

  • leg up — I. noun : leg 8 II. transitive verb : condition 3 e a colt … properly hardened and legged up F.A.Wrensch * * * help to mount a horse or high object give me a leg up over the wall ■ help to improve …   Useful english dictionary

  • leg-up — UK / US noun [singular] 1) informal if you give someone a leg up, you help them to make progress, especially in their career 2) if you give someone a leg up, you help them to climb something by letting them put their foot in your hands and then… …   English dictionary

  • leg-up — noun give sb a leg up informal a) to help someone to get up to a high place by joining your hands together so they can use them as a step b) BrE to help someone succeed in their job …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • leg up — See a leg up …   English idioms

  • leg-up — /ˈlɛg ʌp/ (say leg up) noun assistance in climbing or mounting something, as a wall or a horse, given by joining one s hands to provide a step for the person climbing …   Australian English dictionary

  • leg up — noun a) (Literally) the act of assisting anothers progress over a wall or other obstacle by forming a step for one of their feet with ones hands b) A boost, a sudden improvement; an advantage …   Wiktionary

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