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land legs

plural noun
the ability to adjust one's sense of balance and motion to walking on land, as after a sea journey or flight:
It took the astronauts some time to regain their land legs after the long space mission.
Origin of land legs
First recorded in 1870-75; on the model of sea legs Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Neither of us have got our land legs yet, as we found yesterday while fighting the penguins.

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • But it did not take him long to recover his land legs and appetite.

    The Faith of Men Jack London
  • Stamping the length of the dock to regain his land legs, he returned to meet Doctor Merchant, who had hastened down to the dock.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • And then he goes for a spell to sea—for after all, he needs sea legs as well as land legs.

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