Definition of leapfrog in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlēpˌfrôɡ/


A game in which players in turn vault with parted legs over the backs of others who are bending down.
Example sentences
  • This game of electoral leapfrog might be in the best interest of individual states, but it's destructive to the national interest.
  • Key states play leapfrog in the skirmish for early primary dates.

verb (leapfrogs, leapfrogging, leapfrogged)

[no object]
1With legs parted, vault oneself over the backs of others who are bending down: they leapfrogged around the courtyard
1.1(Of a person or group) surpass or overtake another to move into a leading or dominant position: she leapfrogged into a sales position
More example sentences
  • So when she gets into the job market, graduates younger than her are leapfrogging for positions.
  • The bait: an opportunity for politicians-in-the-making to leapfrog into lofty party positions.
  • Without a large and well-integrated base, any attempt to leapfrog by moving in unproven directions in technological growth can lead to long-term problems, even if there are some gains in the short term.
1.2 [with object] Pass over (a stage or obstacle): attempts to leapfrog the barriers of class
More example sentences
  • Many have leapfrogged transitional stages of development by adopting more advanced technologies.
  • We don't have to go there in linear fashion, we could leapfrog the technology stage.
  • He said it had built a portfolio of exclusive patents and hoped to leapfrog the next stage of the development of LCD, which is used in 80 per cent of flat panel displays.

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Syllabification: leap·frog

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