Definition of leg-up in English:



in singular
  • 1An act of helping someone to mount a horse or high object.

    ‘give me a leg-up over the wall’
    • ‘When Rattigan found the window was open, Wyatt gave him a leg-up in order to get in, but remained outside himself.’
    1. 1.1An act of helping someone or something to improve their situation.
      ‘he gave hip-hop a much-needed leg-up’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Proceeds from the book will go to the Lotus Foundation, a London-based charitable trust set up by the Starrs to provide a leg-up for organisations working in all kinds of areas, from animal welfare to the care of abused women and children.’
      • ‘The charity is called the Rugby Portobello Trust, and it raises money to train, help, house and generally give a leg-up to deprived young persons, mainly from the north of the area.’
      • ‘Allocating 70,000 litres to a number of qualified farm managers would also help give these people a vital leg-up in the industry, he said.’
      • ‘There's no big power network in New York and Washington waiting to give you a leg-up.’
      • ‘Do you really want give a leg-up to these people who are younger, better-looking and more energetic than you?’
      • ‘How do they expect me to find work if they don't give me a leg-up?’
      • ‘On one hand, it's a small-scale theatre festival that gives a leg-up to some of the newest and most creative names on the scene.’
      • ‘And Grant credits a gruelling pre-season training schedule with giving him the leg-up he needed to prove a point.’
      • ‘Trust your partners and colleagues to give you a leg-up.’
      • ‘But, in general, the private schools are so far ahead of the state ones that to go to a private school confers a bigger leg-up than ever.’
      • ‘For these thrusting young hopefuls, the graduate show can provide a crucial leg-up in snagging the attention of visiting agents and casting directors.’
      • ‘Crucially, Word Market has also succeeded in its goal of giving a leg-up to local writers by providing both writing opportunities and confidence-boosting performance and organisational experience.’
      • ‘You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that we are just giving teams a leg-up all the time.’
      • ‘To do so would mean giving a leg-up to the political opponents they defeated yesterday.’
      • ‘It is a little known fact that Lawrence was instrumental in giving Robson a leg-up on the managerial ladder.’
      • ‘They know they can't rest forever on being the place that first gave a leg-up to Ewan McGregor.’
      • ‘‘We will give them a leg-up to keep going and advise them on finding other sources,’ says Mr Kenworthy.’
      grant, allowance, endowment, contribution, donation, bursary, gift, present, investment, bestowal, benefaction, allocation, allotment, handout


    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’
      • ‘Some, however, see it as an opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition by launching service rapidly in a new market.’