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high jump

noun, Track.
a field event in which athletes, using a running start, compete in jumping for height over a crossbar supported by two upright poles.
a jump for height made in this event.
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[hahy-juhmp] /ˈhaɪˌdʒʌmp/
verb (used without object)
to participate in the high jump; compete as a high jumper.
verb (used with object)
to clear or attempt to clear (a specified height) in a high jump:
a goal of high-jumping his own height. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His final chance, and outside of his hopes of winning the track award in the high-jump, Hicks saw no way to win his B.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • I could never have played on the eleven, or on the nine, but I have a chance in the high-jump.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • In the high-jump, however, Hicks had given considerable promise, which to date the grasshopper collegian had failed to keep.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • By sticking to it, you have won your track B in the high-jump, thanks to your grass-hopper build, and we rejoice at your reward!

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • The positions assumed when in the air by a high-jump athlete are almost incredible as revealed by the camera.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
British Dictionary definitions for high-jump

high jump

  1. the high jump, an athletic event in which a competitor has to jump over a high bar set between two vertical supports
  2. (as modifier): high-jump techniques
(Brit, informal) be for the high jump, to be liable to receive a severe reprimand or punishment
Derived Forms
high jumper, noun
high jumping, noun
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