• leapfrog


    to jump ahead

Translation


leapfrog = der Bocksprung, das Bockspringen, etw. überspringen

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In the press


London LEAPFROGS Tokyo and Paris to become the world's most expensive city for dining out.

(BBC News)

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Never play LEAPFROG with a unicorn.

- British comedian Benny Hill

Did you know?


leapfrog

verb

- to progress by overtaking others to move into a leading position

noun

- a game in which players in turn vault with parted legs over others who are bending down

(Compact Oxford English Dictionary)

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WORD ORIGIN

Leapfrog is a children's game in which players take turns bending over so that another player can vault over them with the legs wide apart and the hands placed on their backs. The name stems from the way frogs move forward by jumping or leaping. Leapfrog/leapfrogging are also applied in a figurative sense in several specific areas:

(1) a process whereby developing countries skip inferior, less efficient, more expensive or more polluting technologies and move directly to more advanced ones. A common example is a country that moves directly from having no telephones to having cellular phones.

(2) Another example is "ecological leapfrogging" which involves countries that accelerate the development of sustainable energy resources, such as solar, in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

(3) Leapfrogging is also used to describe a military strategy that was employed by the Allies in the Pacific War against Japan during World War II. It involved attacking some islands but not others, effectively isolating the islands that were not attacked to keep them from being re-supplied with additional forces, ammunition, fuel and food.

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SYNONYMS

skip, jump over, bolt over, vault, overtake, pass by, outdistance, outstrip

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"This new technology will allow us to LEAPFROG the competition within the next year."


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mit deiner Meinung nicht hinter dem Berg halten = M___ N_ B____ ABOUT IT


"He M___ N_ B____S ABOUT how high his end of year bonus was."

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Thanks to Florian for suggesting today's word!

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