• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Leaping-house (Shak.) a brothel
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hleápan, pa.t. hleóp; Ger. laufen, to run.


In literature:

He saw the girl leap from the porch and run madly down the path toward the summer-house.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
He had hurt himself somewhat severely when he leaped over the fence of the headsman's house.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The fire leaped from house to house, and, if for a moment checked, it was but to rush on in wilder fury.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
He, too, made a leap for the door and ran and ran until he was far, far away from the house with the roof of dried grass.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
Clif leaped into the pilot house and signaled full speed.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The flames tossed and leaped, and in front of them men were running with torches, setting fire to sheds and out-houses.
"Rita" by Laura E. Richards
The flames made a great leap and caught the Council House.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Ludwig set off first; my deer gave a startling leap, dashed around the corner of the house, and made down the hill.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
From the opera house the fire leaped from building to building, leveling them almost to the ground in quick succession.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
At five-thirty, he returned to the Dawes house, and was promptly leaped upon by little Sally.
"Dream Town" by Henry Slesar

In poetry:

November clouds on every moor,
All the hills they drench and steep,
Dun sodden hills of blackened sheep;
Torrents leaping, downward sweeping,
All the rotten woodlands dripping,
Mercy house the wandering poor!
"Fancy" by Thomas Aird
An' I brought up ferninst a hatch —
'N' through th' fog I leaped, t' catch
A piece of deck-house frame;
I heard Bill yell, an' like a streak
Seen 'im shoot by — an' then th' creak
O' life-boat tackle came.
"Signal Bill" by Burt Franklin Jenness
He plays for her pleasure on his harp's gold wire
The Laughter-tune that leaps along in trills of fire;
She hears the dancing feet of Sidhe where a white moon gleams,
And all her world is joy in the House of Dreams.
"The Shadow House Of Lugh" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Established artists who've made mid-career leaps from gallery to movie house have not easily found their footing.
Zoe Conant, 7, leaps into Ice House Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest.
Or you can make the leap from the US House of Representatives.
An unlocked latch in a night house allowed the 180-pound Sumatran tiger to escape into an unsecured exhibit area where the cat was just a leap from public areas.
Tiny Japanese Forest House in Manzanita, LEAP prefab, Drew House, skiers' tiny house on wheels, Ravenna remodel.
EAST BREMERTON — Looming flames and heavy smoke forced a person to leap out of the second-story window of a Eaton Lane house early Sunday.
Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, 38 and having served less than five terms, did not leap over a dozen of his seniors to become the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee by bashing GOP leaders.
And this is a leap year, meaning unlucky criminals who have to serve their sentence this month spend an extra night in the big house.
One Direction star Zayn Malik has made a leap on to the property ladder by buying a huge house in London.
The recent Stag's Leap wine dinner at the Plantation House in Kapalua was a savory success, with more than 50 people on the wait list, hoping to get in.
Rutgers University is now poised to leap to a higher level, thanks to a reform that was repaired at the last minute and approved Thursday night by both houses of the New Jersey Legislature.
That cruise ships have taken a giant leap forward in wooing gourmet palates is evident even on Carnival ships , known for raucous fun but now offering pleasantly upscale steak houses featuring aged beef, fresh seafood, and music for dancing.
There are roughly 7.9 million vacation home s in the US, according to the National Association of Realtors, and the recent plummet in housing prices is leading more people to consider taking the leap.