Idioms with JUMP (21 Common Examples, Definitions, Video)

I love idioms, you love idioms, we all love idioms! I collected 21 idioms that use the word JUMP and put together this fun blog post to help you use these Expressions to sound just like a native speaker. Start using these idioms today!

  1. A Hop, Skip, And A Jump
  2. From Jump Street
  3. Get A Jump On (Someone Or Something)
  4. Go Jump In A/The Lake
  5. Jump At The Chance (To Do Something)
  6. Jump Down Someone’s Throat,
  7. Jump For Joy
  8. Jump In With Both Feet
  9. Jump Into The Fray
  10. Jump Off The Page
  11. Jump On A/The Grenade
  12. Jump On The Bandwagon
  13. Jump Out Of One’s Skin
  14. Jump Scare
  15. Jump Ship
  16. Jump The Gun
  17. Jump The Line
  18. Jump Through Hoops
  19. Jump To A Conclusion
  20. Jump-Start Someone
  21. Jumping-Off Point

Check out this list and learn some new idioms that native speakers really use. If you can think of some idioms that I left out, please tell me in the comments!

A Hop, Skip, And A Jump
We can use this expression with the adverb just to express that someplace is quite close.

  • “I’ll run up to the store and grab some more wine for the party tonight. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away so I’ll be right back.” 

From Jump Street
This means from the very beginning.

  • “This class has been trouble since jump street. The teacher is very strict and gives us too much homework.”

Get A Jump On (Someone Or Something)
To get a jump on something is to get a head start,  to begin something early or earlier than someone else. To get a head start on another person. 

  • “I usually wake up at 5:30 a.m. so I can get a jump on my tasks for the day,” 

Go Jump In A/The Lake
You might say this to someone that you want to go away and leave you alone.

  • “I’m so tired of Donnie and his bad attitude, he can go jump in a lake as far as I’m concerned.” 

Jump At The Chance (To Do Something)
This means to take an opportunity that is presented to you.

  • “When Lennox offered me a job to work in the county parks this summer I jumped at the chance. Working outside and saving money for school is great for me.”

Jump Down Someone’s Throat
This expression means to react to somebody suddenly in an angry or unpleasant way

  • “Wow Karen, I was just trying to help. There’s no need to jump down my throat.”

Jump For Joy
Very happy, to be so happy that you are jumping.

  • “When my wife and I heard the news we jumped for joy.”

When I heard that I got the job I jumped for joy!

Jump In With Both Feet
To fully commit yourself to something, not starting or entering a new situation little by little. Doing it all at once. 

  • “Justin won a spot in his first professional poker tournament. He bought several poker instructional videos, 2 books, and hired a poker coach to help him. He’s really jumping in with both feet.” 

Jump Into The Fray
To enter or become part of a competition, fight, or argument that is already happening. 

  • “The election is only 6 weeks away and now a third candidate has just jumped into the fray.”

Jump Off The Page
If an image or some written words catch your attention they jump off the page. 

  • “I really want to buy a new pair of leather boots.  I saw them in a magazine and they just jumped off the page. I immediately fell in love with them.”

Jump On The Grenade
This expression means to sacrifice yourself to save others.

  • “The boss was very unhappy with the result of our last project. Derek took responsibility for everything to save the team. He really jumped on the grenade for us, we owe him one.”

Jump On The Bandwagon
To jump on the bandwagon means to start following or becoming a fan of a popular trend or artist just because they are popular, not necessarily because you enjoy it. 

  • “Our city just spent millions of dollars to build a soccer stadium for the new professional team. I think many people in the city will jump on the bandwagon for the first few years but after that, I think it will be hard to support a professional team in our small town.” 

Jump Out Of One’s Skin
To be very afraid and startled.

  • “I was so scared I nearly jumped out of my skin.”

Jump Scare
A jump scare is when a sudden movement or sound causes you to be afraid. This is a tool often used by directors in horror movies. 

  • “It was a fun movie but also scary. It had just the right amount of jump scares to keep you on the edge of your seat.”

The highest standing jump (male) is 1.70 m! LINK

Jump Ship
To suddenly leave a group or an organization that you are part of.

  • “After the merger, many of our top executives jumped ship and moved to other firms.”

Jump The Gun
To act too early in a situation.

  • “I bought a new sofa last week. The same sofa just went on sale, it’s now 50% off. I think I jumped the gun.” 

Jump The Line
To enter a line in the middle or near the front rather than joining at the end. 

  • “I hate when people try to jump the line, it’s not fair for other people who have been waiting their turn.” 

Jump Through Hoops
To do many complicated or difficult tasks to achieve something simple. 

  • “I just want to build a fence around my backyard, why does the city make you jump through hoops for something so simple?” 

Jump To A Conclusion
To decide something too quickly, before one has all the facts.

  • “Let’s try to find out everything that happened before we start jumping to conclusions.”

Jump-Start Someone
To energize or motivate someone

  • “I need a big cup of coffee to jump-start me every morning.” 

Jumping-Off Point
A place to begin.

  • “Let’s all meet at the main station downtown on Saturday night. This can be our jumping-off point for the rest of the evening’s activities.”

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