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[leep-frog, -frawg] /ˈlipˌfrɒg, -ˌfrɔg/
a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist.
an advance from one place, position, or situation to another without progressing through all or any of the places or stages in between:
a leapfrog from bank teller to vice president in one short year.
verb (used with object), leapfrogged, leapfrogging.
to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog:
He leapfrogged the fence to reach the crying child.
to move or cause to move as if in leapfrog:
Manufacturers are leapfrogging prices because the cost of raw materials has doubled.
verb (used without object), leapfrogged, leapfrogging.
to move or advance in or as if in leapfrog:
Our tour leapfrogged through six cities in four days.
Origin of leapfrog
First recorded in 1590-1600; leap + frog1
Related forms
leapfrogger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Others were playing at leapfrog, or chasing each other from pillar to post.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
  • leapfrog is one of his methods of getting over the ground quickly.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • One was leapfrog, and another was of the snap-the-whip variety.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
  • It is not necessary to be able to play at leapfrog to enjoy the game.

    The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 George MacDonald
  • Mr. Miller had risen and bowed as if he was giving some invisible person a “back” for leapfrog.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • Elsewhere the natives were wondrously pleased to see some of our party playing at leapfrog during the stops.

    The Quiver 12/1899 Anonymous
  • The leapfrog stood for a long time, as if lost in thought; people began to think he would not jump at all.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Each group stands in single file in leapfrog position, feet wide apart to form a tunnel through which the ball is passed.

  • He even played a game of leapfrog with the Son of the Magician, then they sang a comic duet, of which I cannot remember the words.

    The City Curious

    Jean de Bosschre
British Dictionary definitions for leapfrog


a children's game in which each player in turn leaps over the others' bent backs, leaning on them with the hands and spreading the legs wide
verb -frogs, -frogging, -frogged
  1. (intransitive) to play leapfrog
  2. (transitive) to leap in this way over (something)
to advance or cause to advance by jumps or stages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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