Definition of jump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒʌmp//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1  an act of jumping a jump of over six metres The story takes a jump back in time. Somehow he survived the jump from the third floor of the building. to do a parachute jump a ski jump champion I sat up with a jump (= quickly and suddenly). The negotiations took a jump forward yesterday (= they made progress). see also high jump, long jump, ski jump, triple jump
  2. barrier
  3. 2  a barrier like a narrow fence that a horse or a runner has to jump over in a race or competition The horse fell at the last jump. See related entries: Equine sports
  4. increase
  5. 3  jump (in something) a sudden increase in amount, price or value a 20 per cent jump in pre-tax profits unusually large price jumps
  6. Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘be moved or thrown with a sudden jerk’): probably imitative of the sound of feet coming into contact with the ground.Extra examples Cats can clear six feet with a standing jump. He took a running jump and just managed to clear the stream. He’s going to do a parachute jump for charity. Her heart gave a little jump at his smile. I sat up with a jump. Is he good enough to make the jump into Formula One? She made a jump for the river bank. The champion fell at the water jump. The new law is a jump into the unknown. The sportswear company reports a jump in sales since the Olympics. There’s been no sudden jump, but a steady increase year on year. She managed a jump of 1.6 metres.Idioms (British English, informal) to be going to be severely punished If I catch you cheating, you’ll be for the high jump. See related entries: Athletics
    (go and) take a running jump
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    (old-fashioned, informal) used to tell somebody in a rude way to go away Why didn’t you just tell him to take a running jump?
    to keep, etc. one jump ahead (of somebody)
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    to keep your advantage over somebody, especially your competitors, by taking action before they do or by making sure you know more than they do
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jump