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jump

2 noun
     
Related topics: Sport, Horses
jump2 [countable]
1

up

an act of pushing yourself suddenly up into the air using your legs [= leap]:
the best jump of the competition
a dancer famous for his impressive jumps
2

down

an act of letting yourself drop from a place that is above the ground
do/make a jump
Douglas made his first 10,000 foot parachute jump yesterday.
3

increase

a sudden large increase in an amount or value
jump in
a jump in inflation rates
4

progress

especially British English a large or sudden change, especially one that improves things:
The new law is a great jump forward for human rights.
5

with a jump

British English if you wake, sit up etc with a jump, you do it very suddenly because you are surprised or shocked:
She woke with a jump, hearing a noise downstairs.
6

keep/stay etc a jump ahead (of somebody)

British English informal to keep your advantage over the people you are competing with by always being the first to do or know something new
7

something you jump over

DSHDS a fence, gate, or wall that a person or horse has to jump over in a race or competition:
Her horse cleared all the jumps in the first round.
8

get a jump on somebody/something

American English informal to gain an advantage, especially by doing something earlier than usual or earlier than someone else:
I want to get a jump on my Christmas shopping.

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