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[fawr-leg, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɛg, ˈfoʊr-/
one of the front legs of a quadruped, an insect, etc.
Origin of foreleg
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, foreleg is from the late Middle English word forlegge. See fore-, leg Unabridged
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  • Two inch-long cuts on his chest and a deeper, longer one on his foreleg was the price Johnny paid, and that was all.

  • The foreleg, to judge from its position, unquestionably was broken.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • She raised her eyes with the tiniest frown of wonder, but he had bent down and was rubbing the foreleg of The Prince.

    The Man from Jericho Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The rope was drawn tight about his shoulders with one foreleg through the loop.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • Critch broke her foreleg with his first bullet and his second brought her to the earth.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • You've a capital chance; let the brute have it, under the foreleg.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
  • One ball had broken a foreleg, the other had struck it on the head.

    With Clive in India G. A. Henty
  • He will drop from the tree with only one foreleg in fighting condition.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • Nice pony, but seems inclined to rest that foreleg, don't you know.

    Mr. Punch's Irish Humour Charles Keene, Various
  • I brought the cross hairs to bear just back of his foreleg and pulled.

    Fox Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for foreleg


either of the front legs of a horse, sheep, or other quadruped
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foreleg

late 15c., from fore- + leg (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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