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dogleg

[ dawg-leg, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌlɛg, ˈdɒg- /
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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.
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Origin of dogleg

First recorded in 1885–90; dog + leg
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How to use dogleg in a sentence

  • “Genius Makers” takes something of a dogleg into the debate over the future of AI, particularly the likelihood of machines surpassing human-level intelligence.

  • I could just pick out the dogleg at Connors, and imagined I could see the traffic light at Chalmers.

    Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred
  • As we rode up we could see a gunyah made out of boughs, and a longish wing of dogleg fence, made light but well put together.

    Robbery Under Arms|Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

British Dictionary definitions for dogleg

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 forms of dogleg

doglegged (ˌdɒɡˈlɛɡɪd, ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡd), adjective
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