Leg up


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Leg up

Used in the context of general equities. (1)Have a portion of the offsetting side of a trade in your pocket (spoken for) so your capital risk in the transaction is reduced. (Purchase of 10,000 of a 50,000 buy order leaves the trader a "leg up".) (2) Complete one side of a two-sided transaction, as in a swap or contingency order.
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But this year I've already got a leg up on that promise.
Helping OVP start-ups gain access to resources within established industries gives them a leg up in the marketplace.
Slowly slide the leg up again, using the same control.