leg

/lɛg / (say leg)

noun
1. one of the members or limbs which support and move the human or animal body.
2. this part of an animal, especially lamb or veal, used as meat to roast, bake, etc.
3. that part of the limb between the knee and the ankle.
4. something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance.
5. that part of a garment, such as a stocking, trousers, or the like, which covers the leg.
6. one of the supports of a piece of furniture.
7. one of the sides of a pair of dividers or compasses.
8. one of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.
9. a timber, bar, etc., serving to prop or shore up a structure.
10. one of the distinct portions of any course: the last leg of the triathlon.
11. Nautical
a. one of the series of straight runs which make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship.
b. one straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
12. Sport
a. one of a number of parts of a contest, each of which must be completed in order to determine the winner.
b. a stage or given distance in a relay race.
13. Cricket the leg side.
verb (t) (legged, legging)
14. to grab by the leg.
adjective
15. Cricket of or relating to the leg side: leg slip; leg stump.
phrase
16. a leg up,
a. assistance in climbing or mounting.
b. any assistance.
17. break a leg, Colloquial
a. (an exhortation to an actor about to perform on stage, attempting to disguise a wish that they might be successful because of a superstition that good wishes bring bad luck.) {Phrase Origin: ? a translation of a German expression, in itself a corruption of a Yiddish blessing}
b. (usually negative) to hurry excessively: well, don't break a leg getting there.
18. get a leg in, Colloquial to make a start.
19. get one's leg over, Colloquial (taboo) to have sexual intercourse.
20. get one's leg over someone, Colloquial (taboo) to have sexual intercourse with someone.
21. have legs, Colloquial to be viable, as a project, etc.
22. leg it, Colloquial
a. to walk: *Then I had to leg it the twenty-odd miles to Salt Ash / on burning ankles, and feel the road-metal through my soles. –les murray, 1998.
b. to run, often as a means of escape: to leg it with a policeman in hot pursuit.
23. leg someone up, Colloquial to give someone assistance, especially in climbing or mounting.
24. not have a leg to stand on, not to have any good justification for one's beliefs, actions, etc.
25. pull someone's leg, Colloquial to tease or make fun of someone.
26. pull the other leg, Colloquial (an exclamation of ironic disbelief.)
27. shake a leg, Colloquial to hurry up.
28. show a leg, Colloquial
a. to make an appearance.
b. to get out of bed.
{Middle English, from Old Norse leggr}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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