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  • n. the act of assisting another's progress over a wall or other obstacle by forming a step for one of their feet with one's hands
  • n. A boost, a sudden improvement; an advantage
  • n. assistance, help given to get started or overcome a problem or obstacle


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  • Thanks to Miss Crooks’s lessons on the Alamo, Rebecca felt like she had a leg up on the others.


  • He couldn’t care less what happened to me, of course, but could he be just ordinary-friendly and give me a leg up with these survivals from the ice-age?

    Scales of Justice

  • Tina Zander saw me looking their way and lifted her leg up to wrap it around Vic’s waist.

    Kiss It

  • Kahlan pulled her leg up just in time as Cara rammed her horse over.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • Studio-based independent labels will often buy theatrical rights to English-speaking territories where the parent company has preexisting, lucrative TV output deals, giving them a leg up over true independents, who have to start from scratch.

    The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

  • It took a bit more doing than before to get a leg up over the back of one of the ponies — the beasts felt they'd been ill-done-by, and wanted everyone to know it — but she managed.

    The Warslayer

  • You get to go home when it’s all over with a couple of Pacific battle stars, a captaincy, some nice stories to tell, and a leg up on all the O’Tooles and Zukowskis who were bobbing facedown in the red surf.

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  • For all that Epiny's clothing encumbered her, it also protected her from casual damage, and when Epiny rolled to one side, drew her leg up and then managed to kick Olikea in the belly, her boots became a definite advantage.

    Renegade's Magic


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