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jump for (something)

1. To move involuntarily because of some negative stimulus. Mary jumped for fright when Tom put his hand on her shoulder. The poor child jumped for pain when I pulled the bandage off.
2. To be filled with and energized by some positive emotion. The kids were jumping for excitement when we told them we were going to Disneyland. What's wrong? I thought you'd jump for joy when I told you the news.
See also: for, jump

jump for joy

To be exuberant or very happy about something. I practically jumped for joy when I saw that I'd gotten an A on that impossible history test. I'm going to jump for joy when I see my boyfriend at the airport.
See also: for, joy, jump
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