land legs

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plural noun

the ability to adjust one's sense of balance and motion to walking on land, as after a sea journey or flight: It took the astronauts some time to regain their land legs after the long space mission.

Nearby words

  1. land girl,
  2. land grab,
  3. land grant,
  4. land in,
  5. land lane,
  6. land line,
  7. land mass,
  8. land measure,
  9. land mine,
  10. land of beulah

Origin of land legs

First recorded in 1870–75; on the model of sea legs

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Examples from the Web for land legs

  • Stryker, awkward on his land-legs, stumbled and fell in an ill-calculated attempt to hoist himself hastily back into the vehicle.

    The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance