17 Useful Expressions with the Word “JUMP” in English

Common phrases and idiomatic expressions related to "jump"...


1. Jump for joy

Meaning: Jump up and down because you are happy

E.g. I practically jumped for joy when I saw that I'd gotten an A on that impossible history test.

2. Jump off the page

Meaning: Something that stands out

E.g. The words just jumped off the page at me.

3. Jump the gun

Meaning: To do something too soon

E.g. Henry jumped the gun and sent the proofs to the printer before the boss approved them, and she was not happy.

4. Jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: To join or follow something once it is successful or popular

E.g. I can't stand these people who just jump on the bandwagon after a win.

5. Jump through hoops

Meaning: To go through lots of effort to make something happen
E.g. The boss made me jump through a lot of hoops to earn this corner office, believe me.


6. Jump ship

Meaning: To leave a job or activity before it is complete

E.g. None of the editors liked the new policies, so they all jumped ship as soon as other jobs opened up.

7. Jump at your own shadow

Meaning: To be overly frightened

E.g. You will be so scared after watching the movie that afterwards you'll jump at your own shadow!

8. Jump down someone’s throat (informal)

Meaning: If someone jumps down your throat, they react in a very angry way to something you have said or done.

E.g. If I even asked her about her day, she’d jump down my throat, as if I were interrogating her. 

9. Jump in feet first

Meaning: To begin or undertake something quickly, enthusiastically, and without trepidation

E.g. I know you're nervous about starting school, but you just need to jump in feet first and do your best!

10. Jump smooth

Meaning: To give illegal activities; to become straight

E.g. After a night in the junk tank, I knew I had to jump smooth.

11. Jump the lights (informal)

Meaning: Drive on when the traffic lights are red

E.g. A policeman stopped us for jumping the lights.

12. Jump over the broomstick

Meaning: To get married

E.g. Jim and Jane have decided to jump over the broomstick.

13. Jump to conclusions

Meaning: To decide that something is true before one has all the facts

E.g. I know you found some suspicious things in her office, but don’t jump to conclusions – talk to her first.

14. Jump through a hoop

Meaning: To do everything possible to obey or please someone; to bend over backwards

E.g. She expects us to jump through hoops for her.

15. Jump in with both feet

Meaning: To begin or undertake something quickly, enthusiastically, and without trepidation

E.g. I know you’re nervous about starting school, but you just need to jump in with both feet and do your best!

16. Jump out of your skin

Meaning: If you jump out of your skin or nearly jump out of your skin, you are suddenly very surprised or shocked by something.

E.g. He nearly jump out of his skin when he saw two rats. 

17. Jump at the opportunity

Meaning: To accept or seize with alacrity an opportunity (to do something)

E.g.  Mark complains about his teaching job a lot, but I knew if he were offered a tenured position in the school, he would jump at the opportunity. 


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