- having three legs: a three-legged stool.
- Informal. (of a schooner) having three masts.
Origin of three-legged
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for three-legged
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The crux of the matter is that to make the health-insurance system work requires a three-legged stool.What Will Kill Health-Care Reform
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There is a three-legged crow in the sun who always wants to get down and eat them.
The three-legged crow in the sun is the counterpart of the three-legged ram-toad in the moon.
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Joshua slopped on, but this was a sort of three-legged progress.The Woman-Haters
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Just opposite the door, on a three-legged stool, sat the prisoner.