Saturday, April 22, 2006

 

Get a leg up

(originally posted April 16, 2006)

Definition: to gain advantage, to get a boost

Example: In order to get a leg up on the competition, I must work harder and faster than they do.

Origin: came from trying to mount a horse. Most people can't do it without help. So the rider needed someone to give him or her a bit of help to get his/her leg over the horseback, and onto the saddle. Thus, "get a leg up".

Comments:
according to The Apprentice, you can also use have instead of get.
say "i definitely have a leg up."
 
I have a leg up.

I got a leg up.

Same thing. "Get" is often used in place of "have" nowadays.
 
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