to have a leg up

Idiom Definition

"to have a leg up"

to have an advantage

Idiom Definition - to have a leg up


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to have a leg up

One student with fewer resources is talking to another student who has many resources.

Student 1:  Did you apply to the same fancy college that I applied to?

Student 2:  Yes, I did, but I don't think I'll get in.

Student 1:  Why not?  Your grades are the same as mine.

Student 2:  Yes, that true, but I wasn't born into a rich family like you.

Student 1:  Do you think that will give me an advantage?

Student 2:  Of course you have a leg up getting into that fancy college.  Your parents are rich and connected and can ensure that you are admitted.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to have a leg up

It's Sunday afternoon and two students are talking about their final exam which is scheduled for the next day ...

Student 1:  Did you study for the final exam?

Student 2:  Yes, of course!  I've been studying all weekend.

Student 1:  Well, you've got a leg up on me.  I haven't even started studying yet.

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to have a leg up - Gerund Form:

Having a leg up in life often means you have been given some advantages in life.

Getting a leg up can be a very nice gift to receive.

Giving someone a leg up is a very nice thing to do.

to have a leg up - Examples:

1)  I have a leg up because my father is a carpenter.

2)  You have a leg up because your parents are rich.

3)  He has a leg up because he has been working here for over three years.

4)  She has a leg up because she already checked all the advertising sales fliers.

5)  The company has a leg up on their competitors because they have the best location.

6)  We have a leg up on the other team because we have been studying their plays.

7)  You (all) have a leg up over the competition because your formula is unique.

8)  They have a leg up because they started climbing before us.

9)  There's always room to grow and by doing research, you'll have a leg up on your competition.

10)  When you graduate, you have been in many different hospitals and have a leg up on job openings if you impressed those that you trained under.

11)  Students involved in SIFE therefore have a leg up when applying for jobs because they have that valuable experience.

12) Plekanec expects to have a leg up on players who have been sitting idle. 

13) Simply by being there, you will have a leg up over other candidates. 

14) Internal candidates will have a leg up over potential outside contenders because of Intel's size. 

15)  Apply these lessons to your own blogs and you'll have a leg up on the competition.

16)  This meant I had a leg up in figuring things out.

17)  I wrote to debunk the theory that Obama has had a leg up on this campaign as a black man.

18)  Ferrari had a leg up on the competition no matter how you look at it.

19)  I have a friends and sources in the NYPD so I had a leg up there.

20)  When it came out it had a leg up because people had heard of us already.