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Meaning: to leave without permission, to move illegally

For example:

  • Lenny is on the run from the police because he jumped bail instead of going to court.

  • I got a traffic fine in the mail today. I was caught jumping a red light by one of those hidden cameras.

Note: This meaning of "jump" is found in a series of collocations and idioms such as "jump bail" and "jump the gun", and should only be used as part of one of these.

Quick Quiz:

A few sailors have jumped ship. They have
  1. left their ship without permission
  2. jumped up and down on their ship
  3. made their ship go off course

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