noun[in singular] British
- 1An act of helping someone to mount a horse or high object: give me a leg-up over the wallMore example sentences
- When Rattigan found the window was open, Wyatt gave him a leg-up in order to get in, but remained outside himself.
- 1.1An act of helping someone or something to improve their situation: he gave hip hop a much-needed leg-upMore example sentences
- The government's good intentions about giving young people a financial leg-up on the ladder of adult life will fall far short of the amounts needed to meet major commitments, it has been claimed.
- A former jockey has developed this revolutionary lightweight racing saddle after being given a leg-up by European funding.
- With this mortgage we hope to give them the leg-up necessary to help them realise the dream of their first home.
have (or get) a leg-up on
- US • informal Have (or get) an advantage over: he’d certainly have a leg-up on the competitionMore example sentences
- Some, however, see it as an opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition by launching service rapidly in a new market.