Definition of high jump in English:

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high jump

Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌjəmp/


(the high jump)
An athletic event in which competitors jump over a bar that is raised until only one competitor can jump over it without dislodging it.
Example sentences
  • Coomber has competed at amateur level in both the high jump and long jump but never the pole vault.
  • He was very athletic and good at the high jump and long jump.
  • He won gold medals in the long jump and the high jump and rounded off a marvellous display by taking bronze in the 60m sprint.


be for the high jump

British informal Be about to be severely reprimanded or punished.
Example sentences
  • If your hair was too long, your uniform was wrong or if your boots were dirty you were for the high jump.
  • Armchair sports fans settling down to watch the Olympic Games could be for the high jump if they do not pay their TV licence fee.
  • Then again, hopefully the whole bloody administration is for the high jump come November.


high jumper

Example sentences
  • Cuba's legendary high jumper Javier Sotomayor finally won gold with a record jump of 2.43 metres after six hours of competition.
  • Sweden also had a Games to remember, heptathlete Carolina Kluft, triple jumper Christian Olsson and high jumper Stefan Holm all winning gold in the space of 24 hours.
  • Most high jumpers gain speed with a long, running start, plant one foot and then dive over the bar back first.
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