leg-up

Meaning(s)

1. help that allows you to achieve something, or gives you an advantage over others

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get a leg-up on rivals/the competition

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leg-up is a noun which refers to an act or gesture intended to help someone to reach or mount a high object. You might give someone a leg-up so they can reach a high shelf or window or so they can reach a horse for example. A leg-up can also be something that is done to help someone else who is in a difficult situation.

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  1. My qualifications and hands-on experience have given me a leg-up on my rivals for the vacant position. I'm certain I will get it.
  2. The bank loan gave Sally the leg-up that she needed to keep her business going. She hasn't looked back since.
  3. The company's clever marketing strategy gave them a leg-up on the competition, and ensured that sales were high.

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  1. When I locked myself out of the house, my neighbour had to give me a leg-up so I could climb through the window.
  2. The unemployment support gave me a leg-up when I needed it to support my family.

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