Definition of high jump in English:

high jump


the high jump
  • An athletic event in which competitors jump high over a bar which is raised until only one competitor can jump it without dislodging it.

    • ‘He was very athletic and good at the high jump and long jump.’
    • ‘Her weekend began in the best possible way with personal bests in her two weakest events, the 80m hurdles and the high jump.’
    • ‘He won gold medals in the long jump and the high jump and rounded off a marvellous display by taking bronze in the 60m sprint.’
    • ‘Rhodes went on to win both the long jump and high jump.’
    • ‘Coomber has competed at amateur level in both the high jump and long jump but never the pole vault.’
    jump over, jump, vault over, vault, spring over, bound over, hurdle, skip, skip over, cross over, sail over, hop, hop over, leapfrog, high jump, clear, negotiate
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  • be for the high jump

    • informal Be about to be severely reprimanded or punished.

      ‘you're for the high jump’
      • ‘Armchair sports fans settling down to watch the Olympic Games could be for the high jump if they do not pay their TV licence fee.’
      • ‘Then again, hopefully the whole bloody administration is for the high jump come November.’
      • ‘If your hair was too long, your uniform was wrong or if your boots were dirty you were for the high jump.’
      be in trouble, be going to be punished, be going to suffer the consequences, be going to pay the price, be in for a scolding, be going to answer for something
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