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three-legged race

a race among a number of paired contestants, each contestant having one leg tied to the adjacent leg of his or her partner.
Origin of three-legged race
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You may laugh, reader, but it was no joke, that three-legged race.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • Mary's face was shining in the heat; with an immense output of energy she started a three-legged race.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • At that moment I forgot all about the three-legged race, and gave my whole heart up to the issue of this jump.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • If they were tied together for life in a three-legged race, which would suffer the more?

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    J. M. Barrie
  • A substitute for this is the three-legged race, run by two boys.

British Dictionary definitions for three-legged race

three-legged race

a race in which pairs of competitors run with their adjacent legs tied together
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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