leap|frog1 [ˈli:pfrɔg US -fro:g, -fra:g] n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Because the jumping players look like frogs]
a children's game in which someone bends over and someone else jumps over them
leapfrog 2
leapfrog2 past tense and past participle leapfrogged present participle leapfrogging
v [I and T]
to suddenly become better, more advanced etc than people or organizations that were previously better than you
The company leapfrogged its rivals into a leading position.

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  • Leapfrog — is a children s game in which players vault over each other s stooped backs. The first participant rests hands on knees and bends over, this is called giving a back . The next player places hands on the first s back and leaps over by straddling… …   Wikipedia

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  • leapfrog — leapfrogger, n. /leep frog , frawg /, n., v., leapfrogged, leapfrogging. n. 1. a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist. 2. an advance from one place, position, or situation to another without… …   Universalium

  • leapfrog — I n. to play leapfrog II v. (d; intr.) to leapfrog from; to (American forces leapfrogged from one island to another) * * * [ liːpfrɒg] to (American forces leapfrogged from one island to another) (d; intr.) to leapfrog from to play leapfrog …   Combinatory dictionary

  • leapfrog — leap•frog [[t]ˈlipˌfrɒg, ˌfrɔg[/t]] n. v. frogged, frog•ging 1) a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist 2) to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog 3) cvb to cause to move as if… …   From formal English to slang

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