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1. To jump out of or outward from something or some place. I leapt out of bed when I heard the alarm going off. I was shocked to see a frog leap out when I opened the mailbox.
2. To stand out in stark contrast to something or to the surroundings. The brilliant use of complementary colors makes the characters leap out at the viewer. Once I understood the basics of the equation, the answer leapt out at me.
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leap out (of something)
to jump outward from something. A mouse leapt out of the cereal box and frightened everyone. I opened the box and a mouse leapt out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To spring or bound outward: The cat leaped out from behind the bush and pounced on the mouse.
2. To draw immediate attention; be immediately apparent: That red lettering really leaps out from the page. If the answers don't leap out at you, you probably didn't study enough.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.