Definition of leg-up in English:

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[in singular] British
1An act of helping someone to mount a horse or high object: give me a leg-up over the wall
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  • 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-up
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  • 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 competition
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  • Some, however, see it as an opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition by launching service rapidly in a new market.

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