Idiom of the Week: “Give someone a leg up”

by Laurie Laurendeau on April 11, 2012

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner.  Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost.  Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts.  Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM: “Give someone a leg up”

DEFINITION: To help someone succeed, to give someone a boost.

EXAMPLES:  1. When I reviewed the Science notes with my mom, it really gave me a leg up for the test.

2. I started packing early to get a leg up on my vacation.

ACTIVITY:  Draw a picture of someone with an oversized leg sticking up in the air, with the result of their efforts at the foot end.


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