Smoke is seen rising from a London amphibious vehicle in the distance after dozens of tourists on board leapt into the river Thames to escape. The London Fire Brigade said 30 people were rescued from the water but no-one was seriously hurt. Flames and smoke engulfed the Second World War-era vehicle near the houses of Parliament on Sunday. The damaged vessel known as a Duck was later towed away. The cause of the fire isn't yet clear.
1. Leap (= jump) is an irregular verb: leap - leapt - leapt.
2. Look before you leap is a well-known English proverb and is used to advise somebody to think about the possible results or dangers of something before doing it.
3. A leap in the dark is something you do without being certain what will happen as a result. • I had very little information about the company, so writing to them was a bit of a leap in the dark.
4. If you leap at something, you accept a chance or an opportunity quickly and with enthusiasm. • I leapt at the chance to go to France.
I'm going to London with a group of students next week, so I think we'll give the Thames river trip a miss! The Tower of London is a much safer bet.
• London Duck fire in pictures (The Telegraph)