Definition of leg up in English:

leg up


  • 1An act of helping someone to mount a horse or high object.

    ‘give me a leg up over the wall’
    • ‘When Rattigan found the window was open, Wyatt gave him a leg-up in order to get in, but remained outside himself.’
    1. 1.1 An act of helping someone or something to improve their position.
      ‘the council is to provide a financial leg up for the club’
      • ‘With this mortgage we hope to give them the leg-up necessary to help them realise the dream of their first home.’
      • ‘But, in general, the private schools are so far ahead of the state ones that to go to a private school confers a bigger leg-up than ever.’
      • ‘Allocating 70,000 litres to a number of qualified farm managers would also help give these people a vital leg-up in the industry, he said.’
      • ‘There's no big power network in New York and Washington waiting to give you a leg-up.’
      • ‘You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that we are just giving teams a leg-up all the time.’
      • ‘Trust your partners and colleagues to give you a leg-up.’
      • ‘On one hand, it's a small-scale theatre festival that gives a leg-up to some of the newest and most creative names on the scene.’
      • ‘How do they expect me to find work if they don't give me a leg-up?’
      • ‘They know they can't rest forever on being the place that first gave a leg-up to Ewan McGregor.’
      • ‘The government's good intentions about giving young people a financial leg-up on the ladder of adult life will fall far short of the amounts needed to meet major commitments, it has been claimed.’
      • ‘Do you really want give a leg-up to these people who are younger, better-looking and more energetic than you?’
      • ‘And Grant credits a gruelling pre-season training schedule with giving him the leg-up he needed to prove a point.’
      • ‘Crucially, Word Market has also succeeded in its goal of giving a leg-up to local writers by providing both writing opportunities and confidence-boosting performance and organisational experience.’
      • ‘It is a little known fact that Lawrence was instrumental in giving Robson a leg-up on the managerial ladder.’
      • ‘For these thrusting young hopefuls, the graduate show can provide a crucial leg-up in snagging the attention of visiting agents and casting directors.’
      • ‘To do so would mean giving a leg-up to the political opponents they defeated yesterday.’
      • ‘‘We will give them a leg-up to keep going and advise them on finding other sources,’ says Mr Kenworthy.’
      • ‘A former jockey has developed this revolutionary lightweight racing saddle after being given a leg-up by European funding.’
      • ‘The charity is called the Rugby Portobello Trust, and it raises money to train, help, house and generally give a leg-up to deprived young persons, mainly from the north of the area.’
      • ‘Proceeds from the book will go to the Lotus Foundation, a London-based charitable trust set up by the Starrs to provide a leg-up for organisations working in all kinds of areas, from animal welfare to the care of abused women and children.’
      grant, allowance, endowment, contribution, donation, bursary, gift, present, investment, bestowal, benefaction, allocation, allotment, handout
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  • have (or get) a leg up on

    • informal Have (or get) an advantage over.

      ‘he'd certainly have a leg up on the competition’
      • ‘Some, however, see it as an opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition by launching service rapidly in a new market.’