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    From Newsweek, International Edition

    "The other side - the so-called statists led by men such as Sergey Chemezov, a former KGB colleague of Putin and now head of the state megacorporation Russian Technologies - dreams of leapfrogging the West in technology and therby dispensing with what itregards as alien institutions."

    May I write "bypassing" instead of "leapfrogging'' without changing the meaning of the text?

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    Re: a synonym question

    I don't think you can.

    Leapfrogging means they want to get ahead of and become better than the West while bypassing would mean avoiding using Western technology o achieve its aims.

    The two are not really interchangeable.

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