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[leep-frog, -frawg] /ˈlipˌfrɒg, -ˌfrɔg/
a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist.
an advance from one place, position, or situation to another without progressing through all or any of the places or stages in between:
a leapfrog from bank teller to vice president in one short year.
verb (used with object), leapfrogged, leapfrogging.
to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog:
He leapfrogged the fence to reach the crying child.
to move or cause to move as if in leapfrog:
Manufacturers are leapfrogging prices because the cost of raw materials has doubled.
verb (used without object), leapfrogged, leapfrogging.
to move or advance in or as if in leapfrog:
Our tour leapfrogged through six cities in four days.
Origin of leapfrog
1590-1600; leap + frog1
Related forms
leapfrogger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leapfrog
  • Furthermore, firms can leapfrog over the experience curve by means of innovation and invention.
  • The hidebound health-care systems of the rich world may resist new technologies even as poor countries leapfrog ahead.
  • Poor countries will leapfrog into the next generation.
  • And many developing countries have been able to leapfrog rich ones by going straight to mobile phones, cutting out landlines.
  • The second is that emerging markets often leapfrog old technologies.
  • However, as they learn more about available and emerging technologies, they now have the opportunity to leapfrog ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for leapfrog


a children's game in which each player in turn leaps over the others' bent backs, leaning on them with the hands and spreading the legs wide
verb -frogs, -frogging, -frogged
  1. (intransitive) to play leapfrog
  2. (transitive) to leap in this way over (something)
to advance or cause to advance by jumps or stages
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