One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounthe high jump
An athletic event in which competitors jump over a bar that is raised until only one competitor can jump over it without dislodging it.
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, negotiateView synonyms
- ‘He was very athletic and good at the high jump and long jump.’
- ‘Coomber has competed at amateur level in both the high jump and long jump but never the pole vault.’
- ‘Her weekend began in the best possible way with personal bests in her two weakest events, the 80m hurdles and the high jump.’
- ‘Rhodes went on to win both the long jump and 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.’
be for the high jump
informal Be about to be severely reprimanded or punished.
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 somethingView synonyms
- ‘If your hair was too long, your uniform was wrong or if your boots were dirty you were for the high jump.’
- ‘Then again, hopefully the whole bloody administration is for the high jump come November.’
- ‘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.’
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