Definition of leapfrog in US English:



  • A game in which players in turn vault with parted legs over the backs of others who are bending down.

    • ‘Key states play leapfrog in the skirmish for early primary dates.’
    • ‘This game of electoral leapfrog might be in the best interest of individual states, but it's destructive to the national interest.’
    jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hurdle, clearance, leapfrog, pole vault
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  • 1With legs parted, vault oneself over the backs of others who are bending down.

    ‘they leapfrogged around the courtyard’
    jump over, jump, vault over, vault, spring over, bound over, hurdle, skip, skip over, cross over, sail over, hop, hop over, high jump, clear, negotiate
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or group) surpass or overtake another to move into a leading or dominant position.
      ‘she leapfrogged into a sales position’
      • ‘Despite being demoted down to fourth at the mid-way point, he soon reasserted his authority and leapfrogged back up to pole position.’
      • ‘And if this demonstration could be done in a way that leapfrogged the competition, all the better.’
      • ‘They have leapfrogged the competition through adaptive strategies and ever-better product quality.’
      • ‘If California wine continues to grow at this rate, the state could leapfrog over France in take-home wine sales, as Australia did.’
      • ‘Back to the point, it has been leapfrogged by several other visualizers.’
      • ‘City won 2-1 to leapfrog Walsall and move back into 19th spot, still ten points clear of the bottom three.’
      • ‘This happened because France leapfrogged Scotland after winning their own tournament, the final contest of last season, and gaining 20 points as a result.’
      • ‘As a result, the visiting side leapfrogged their opponents to move second in the table.’
      • ‘A relatively obscure virtualisation system has leapfrogged better-known rivals.’
      • ‘This victory allowed them to leapfrog Hibs and move back into third place in the league.’
      • ‘The massive margin of victory recorded by Bridlington over Bolton Percy in no way reflected their close proximity in the league table where the coastal outfit leapfrogged their opponents after winning by 215 runs.’
      • ‘For Dublin, most of all, is European, looking to Bonn and Barcelona rather than London, having leapfrogged over us into Euroland with acres of European news dominating the media.’
      • ‘Without a large and well-integrated base, any attempt to leapfrog by moving in unproven directions in technological growth can lead to long-term problems, even if there are some gains in the short term.’
      • ‘So when she gets into the job market, graduates younger than her are leapfrogging for positions.’
      • ‘The team had overtaken the Italians but still failed to leapfrog the leading three.’
      • ‘Actually this was an amazing attempt at leapfrogging everyone.’
      • ‘But we still managed to end up leapfrogging all the way.’
      • ‘And two more points over an indifferent Brods side would see them leapfrog the visitors and move within touching distance of leaders Bridlington and York.’
      • ‘The matches against Scotland and versus Italy, in two weeks' time, are most important for Argentina, as they can be leapfrogged in the IRB rankings by the Scots.’
      • ‘The bait: an opportunity for politicians-in-the-making to leapfrog into lofty party positions.’
    2. 1.2with object Pass over (a stage or obstacle)
      ‘attempts to leapfrog the barriers of class’
      • ‘In effect, China is leapfrogging the traditional land-line telephone stage of communications development, going directly to mobile phones.’
      • ‘The fact that publishers can leapfrog this hurdle by agreeing to submit the full text of articles has fuelled publishers' grievances.’
      • ‘He said it had built a portfolio of exclusive patents and hoped to leapfrog the next stage of the development of LCD, which is used in 80 per cent of flat panel displays.’
      • ‘In other words it was leapfrogging the old when-to-invest-in-a-new-fab problem by buying additional existing capacity, doubtless at a discount, from a distressed rival.’
      • ‘For one thing, varying the question order can result in certain questions being accidentally omitted, because the interviewer may forget to ask those that have been leapfrogged during the interview.’
      • ‘With the use of uplifting essential oils their metabolisms could be fooled into leapfrogging hibernation, believing they had already arrived in the scent of spring.’
      • ‘Deprived of our targeted audience, we started walking south, leapfrogging the police barriers, wondering if they'd play the game until we'd come to the city center about two miles to the south.’
      • ‘We don't have to go there in linear fashion, we could leapfrog the technology stage.’
      • ‘Many have leapfrogged transitional stages of development by adopting more advanced technologies.’
      • ‘Booking online can leapfrog both queuing for lift passes and organising tuition - while providing significant discounts.’
      • ‘Accident victims can now reach hospital in a fraction of the usual time - by leapfrogging traffic jams with the ‘flying angels’.’
      • ‘Sometimes attempts to leapfrog existing technology work out and the visionaries are hailed as geniuses.’
      • ‘If we build highways across them, then the development simply leapfrogs the protected area.’
      • ‘As ever, it leapfrogs the stand and lands at our frozen feet.’
      • ‘He points out that in Bulgaria, there is still room for product innovation, but none of the economies have leapfrogged several development stages at once.’
      • ‘But Goya is one of those artists who we feel speak directly to us, who leapfrogs the centuries to tell us urgent, timeless truths.’
      • ‘The parallel ripples of the sea are leapfrogged by the sunset's cast of light, in which trawler-men mount the inshore rocks to deliver their catch to waiting market-women.’
      • ‘Just a matter of months after Dance to the Music, Sly & the Family Stone turned around and delivered Life, a record that leapfrogged over its predecessor in terms of accomplishment and achievement.’
      go over, get past, go above, pass over, sail over
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