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[leg-man, -muh n] /ˈlɛgˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural legmen
[leg-men, -muh n] /ˈlɛgˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a person employed to transact business outside an office, especially on behalf of one whose responsibilities require his or her presence in the office.
Journalism. a reporter who gathers information by visiting news sources or by being present at news events.
Compare district man.
Origin of legman
1920-25. Americanism; leg + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They must have sent out a leg man to get facts, and when no one would talk, they stirred this up in the office.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for leg man


noun (mainly US & Canadian) (pl) -men
a newsman who reports on news stories from the scene of action or original source
a person employed to run errands, collect information, etc, outside an office
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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leg man

noun phrase

  1. A newspaper reporter who goes out to gather facts and may or may not write the story (1923+ Newspaper office)
  2. Any person who works actively and outside, rather than in, an office (1950s+)
  3. A man whose favorite part of the female body is the legs (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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