leg up

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leg up

1. Literally, a boost from another person that enables one to reach something that one could not reach on one's own. Give me a leg up so I can reach the dishes on the top shelf.
2. An advantage in a situation or over another person. Getting certifications will definitely give you a leg up in the IT industry. I knew I had a leg up on my opponent when I saw that he was struggling to counter my opening moves.
See also: leg, up

*leg up

Fig. a kind of help where someone provides a knee or crossed hand as a support for someone to place a foot on to get higher, as in mounting a horse or climbing over something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I gave her a leg up, and soon she was on her horse. Can I give you a leg up? Could I please have a leg up?
See also: leg, up

leg up, a

1. The act of assisting someone, giving someone a boost. For example, Studying with Jane, who knows French history well, will give you a leg up for the final exam . This usage alludes to helping a person get on a horse by getting a foot in the stirrup. [First half of 1800s]
2. A position of advantage, as in Because of the advertising campaign, we had a leg up on the competition.
See also: leg

a leg up

1. The act or an instance of assisting; a boost.
2. A position of advantage; an edge: We have a leg up on the competition.
See also: leg, up
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We'll probably never know about some of the leg ups big stars (as we know them today) had in the beginning.
We did not want to give them any leg ups and unfortunately we did that with the penalty."