to jump the fence meaning, to jump the fence definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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jump  

  ( jumps    plural & 3rd person present)   ( jumping    present participle)   ( jumped    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you jump, you bend your knees, push against the ground with your feet, and move quickly upwards into the air.  
I jumped over the fence...      V prep/adv  
I'd jumped seventeen feet six in the long jump, which was a school record...      V n  
Whoever heard of a basketball player who doesn't need to jump?      V  
      Jump is also a noun., n-count  
She was taking tiny jumps in her excitement.     
2       verb   If you jump from something above the ground, you deliberately push yourself into the air so that you drop towards the ground.   (=leap)  
He jumped out of a third-floor window...      V prep/adv  
I jumped the last six feet down to the deck.      V n, Also V  
3       verb   If you jump something such as a fence, you move quickly up and through the air over or across it.  
He jumped the first fence beautifully.      V n  
4       verb   If you jump somewhere, you move there quickly and suddenly.  
Adam jumped from his seat at the girl's cry...      V prep/adv  
5       verb   If something makes you jump, it makes you make a sudden movement because you are frightened or surprised.  
The phone shrilled, making her jump.      V  
6       verb   If an amount or level jumps, it suddenly increases or rises by a large amount in a short time.  
Sales jumped from $94 million to over $101 million...      V to/from amount  
The number of crimes jumped by ten per cent last year...      V by amount  
Shares in Euro Disney jumped 17p.      V amount  
      Jump is also a noun., n-count   with supp, usu N in n  
...a big jump in energy conservation.     
7       verb   If someone jumps a queue, they move to the front of it and are served or dealt with before it is their turn.  
  (BRIT)  
The prince refused to jump the queue for treatment at the local hospital.      V n  
8       verb   If you jump at an offer or opportunity, you accept it quickly and eagerly.  
no cont  
Members of the public would jump at the chance to become part owners of the corporation.      V at n  
9       verb   If someone jumps on you, they quickly criticize you if you do something that they do not approve of.  
A lot of people jumped on me about that, you know.      V on n  
10   
    bungee jumping  
    high jump  
    long jump  
    queue-jumping  
    show jumping  
    triple jump  
11    If you get a jump on something or someone or get the jump on them, you gain an advantage over them.  
  (AM)  
get a jump on/get the jump on      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Helicopters helped fire crews get a jump on the blaze...     
12   
    to jump on the bandwagon  
    bandwagon  
    to jump bail  
    bail  
    to jump to a conclusion  
    conclusion  
    to jump the gun  
    gun  
    to jump for joy  
    joy   jump in      phrasal verb   If you jump in, you act quickly, often without thinking much about what you are doing.  
The Government had to jump in and purchase millions of dollars worth of supplies.      V P   jump out      phrasal verb   If you say that something jumps outat you, you mean that it is easy to notice it because it is different from other things of its type.  
A phrase jumped out at me in a piece about copyright.      V P at n, Also V P  


high jump     
Thehigh jump is an athletics event which involves jumping over a raised bar.      n-sing   usu the N  
jump jet        ( jump jets    plural  ) A jump jet is a jet aircraft that can take off and land vertically.      n-count  
jump jockey        ( jump jockeys    plural  ) A jump jockey is someone who rides horses in races such as steeplechases, where the horses have to jump over obstacles.      n-count  
jump leads     
Jump leads are two thick wires that can be used to start a car when its battery does not have enough power. The jump leads are used to connect the battery to the battery of another car that is working properly.  
  (BRIT)      n-plural  
in AM, use jumper cables     
jump rope        ( jump ropes    plural  ) A jump rope is a piece of rope, usually with handles at each end. You exercise with it by turning it round and round and jumping over it.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use skipping rope     
jump-start        ( jump-starts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( jump-starting    present participle)   ( jump-started    past tense & past participle  ) , jump start  
1       verb   To jump-start a vehicle which has a flat battery means to make the engine start by getting power from the battery of another vehicle, using special cables called jump leads.  
He was huddled with John trying to jump-start his car.      V n  
      Jump-start is also a noun., n-count  
I drove out to give him a jump start because his battery was dead.     
2       verb   To jump-start a system or process that has stopped working or progressing means to do something that will make it start working quickly or effectively.  
The EU is trying to jump start the peace process.      V n  
      Jump-start is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
...attempts to give the industry a jump-start.     
long jump     
The long jump is an athletics contest which involves jumping as far as you can from a marker which you run up to.      n-sing   the N  
ski jump        ( ski jumps    plural  ) A ski jump is a specially-built steep slope covered in snow whose lower end curves upwards. People ski down it and go into the air at the end.      n-count  
triple jump     
Thetriple jump is an athletic event in which competitors have to jump as far as they can, and are allowed to touch the ground once with each foot in the course of the jump.      n-sing   usu the N  
water jump        ( water jumps    plural  ) A water jump is a fence with a pool of water on the far side of it, which people or horses jump over as part of a race or competition.      n-count  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it
Originally used in sports contests that are started by firing a gun
exp.
expression used to describe something that is in decline or has lost the qualities that made it popular, appealing, successful
used originally in media to describe a show or a movie that is declining in popularity. E.g: I loved their ads, but with the last ones they just jump the shark.
n.
padlocks that couples lock on a bridge or fence among others to symbolise their love

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