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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEAP

Again we take a leap of about twenty years, and alight in the midst of the Revolution.

He had but to say to me, 'Leap into the water,' and I would not have stopped to pull off my coat.

He was throwing back the robe to leap from the sleigh when the figure reached him.

Kirkwood rose, balancing himself against the leap and sway of the boat.

Tired and weighted, she dared not try the leap; she skirted around.

Perhaps it was the Truth feebly endeavouring to leap to his lips.

It was idle; a magic seems to shield a captive's leap for life.

If it please you to take a leap into nothing it were pity to thwart you.

He did not snarl at her, nor show his teeth, when any leap of hers chanced to put her in advance of him.

The she-wolf was one leap behind One Ear and holding her own.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old English hleapan "to jump, run, leap" (class VII strong verb; past tense hleop, past participle hleapen), from Proto-Germanic *khlaupan (cf. Old Saxon hlopan, Old Norse hlaupa, Old Frisian hlapa, Dutch lopen, Old High German hlouffan, German laufen "to run," Gothic us-hlaupan "to jump up"), of uncertain origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. Leap-frog, the children's game, is attested by that name from 1590s; figurative use by 1704.

Related: Leaped; leaping.

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