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    You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.

    take at: to aim (an action or a movement of force or speed) in the direction of (something or someone)
    You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.
    The above sentence is quoted from Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs.
    What does "clear the jump" mean?
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    Re: You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.

    Suppose you are walking in the woods with your friend. You come to a creek. You stand there and look at it. Your friend knows what you are thinking. He says: "You might clear the jump if you take a run at it." (One possible response: "You first.")

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    Re: You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.

    This is presumably referring to the long jump. If so, then "clear the jump" means jump beyond a target distance.

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    Re: You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.

    It could also be referring to some kind of hurdle, high jump, or steeplechase.

    However, unless you're actually talking about sports, it's likely just a reference to some kind of obstacle in your path, such as a ditch, a puddle of water, a gap between something you're jumping over, etc.
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    Re: You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.

    The jump is the action you do, but it is also the noun for the thing you are jumping over, eg: a fence, a stream, an obstacle.
    "Clear the jump" means successfully jump over the obstacle.

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    Re: You might clear the jump if you take a run at it.

    "Clear" means jump over with room to spare.

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