dogleg

[ dawg-leg, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌlɛg, ˈdɒg- /

noun

a route, way, or course that turns at a sharp angle.

adjective

verb (used without object), dog·legged, dog·leg·ging.

to proceed around a sharp angle or along an angular or zigzag course: The road doglegged through the mountains.

Origin of dogleg

First recorded in 1885–90; dog + leg
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British Dictionary definitions for dog leg

dogleg

/ (ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡ) /

noun

  1. a sharp bend or angle
  2. something with a sharp bend

verb -legs, -legging or -legged

(intr) to go off at an angle

adjective

of or with the shape of a dogleg
Derived Formsdoglegged (ˌdɒɡˈlɛɡɪd, ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡd), adjective
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Word Origin and History for dog leg

dog leg


n.

"something bent like a dog's hind leg," 1703. Originally of a type of staircase.

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