- any small body of water that a horse must jump over, as in a steeplechase.
Origin of water jump
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for water jump
With the exception of the water-jump, the country over which they passed was not difficult.Ayala's Angel
Over more grass; and in front, flanked on either side by a crowd of white faces, is the water-jump.
The third horse fell at the water-jump, breaking his rider's collar-bone and injuring itself so that it had to be shot.Jack Harkaway in New York
Now I 'll bet you two to one he does n't come in second—that boy won't get him over the water-jump.
So they passed two or three fences, the horses in the same order, and came toward the water-jump in front of the stands.
- a ditch, brook, or pond over which athletes or horses must jump in a steeplechase or similar contest
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