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leapfrog

[leep-frog, -frawg]
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noun
  1. a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist.
  2. 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.
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verb (used with object), leap·frogged, leap·frog·ging.
  1. to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog: He leapfrogged the fence to reach the crying child.
  2. to move or cause to move as if in leapfrog: Manufacturers are leapfrogging prices because the cost of raw materials has doubled.
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verb (used without object), leap·frogged, leap·frog·ging.
  1. to move or advance in or as if in leapfrog: Our tour leapfrogged through six cities in four days.
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Origin of leapfrog

First recorded in 1590–1600; leap + frog1
Related formsleap·frog·ger, noun
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Related Words

plunge, dive, rise, upsurge, bounce, hurdle, fall, vault, drop, swerve, plummet, canter, dance, spring, bound, caper, jar, lurch, start, hop

Examples from the Web for leapfrog

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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.

  • Mr. Miller had risen and bowed as if he was giving some invisible person a “back” for leapfrog.

    Gray youth

    Oliver Onions


British Dictionary definitions for leapfrog

leapfrog

noun
  1. 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
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verb -frogs, -frogging or -frogged
    1. (intr)to play leapfrog
    2. (tr)to leap in this way over (something)
  1. to advance or cause to advance by jumps or stages
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