One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To jump over (a thing). Now chiefly figurative: to transcend, overleap. Also (occasionally) without object.
2with object And without object. Especially of a horse: to jump too far or too high over (a fence, etc.). Also with object (refl.): to jump further than one's strength allows.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Marston (bap. 1576, d. 1634), poet and playwright. From over- + jump.
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