give someone a leg up

give someone a leg up

COMMON If you give a person or an organization a leg up, you do something to help them achieve success. The experience of that race should give Barry a leg up on his rivals. They have a responsibility to their shareholders not to reveal information that might give a competitor a leg up. Note: You can also say that you get a leg up. Those children who learn English may get a leg up in life. Note: To give a rider a leg up means to help them get on to the horse.
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