- one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship.
- one straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
- one of a designated number of contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner.
- one of the stretches or sections of a relay race.
- the part of the field to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler or to the right of and behind him if he is left-handed.
- the fielder playing this part of the field.
- the position of this fielder.
Idioms about leg
- a means of help or encouragement; assist; boost: Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam.
- advantage; edge.
- to make fun of someone; tease.
- to deceive someone; trick someone: She thought someone was pulling her leg when she got the call from the Nobel Committee.
- to hurry up: If you don't shake a leg, we'll miss the opening number.
- Older Use. to dance: The dance floor was flooded with couples shaking a leg to the loud and lively music.
Origin of leg
OTHER WORDS FROM leglegless, adjectiveleglike, adjective
Other definitions for leg (2 of 2)
How to use leg in a sentence
I did a ten minute scene in his class: the guy who had gangrene in his leg in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Imagine waking up to find a guy who looks like a tech startup employee eating your charred crispy leg.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014|Melissa Leon|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I push down on the pedal with my right leg and instead of propelling myself forward, I topple over sideways.
As my injured leg improves, my left leg starts aching, then throbbing, near my hip.
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
He usually seizes his prey by the flank near the hind leg, or by the throat below the jaw.
Were he a young man, they could save him by cutting off his leg high up, but as it is he would not stand the shock.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
His left arm was behind his back, the hand clenched, the right leg perfectly straight.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
A second shot, however, broke his leg, and the stately animal rolled over.
British Dictionary definitions for leg (1 of 2)
- either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
- (as modifier)leg guard; leg rest Related adjective: crural
- the distance travelled without tacking
- (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
- the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
- (as modifier)a leg slip; leg stump
- to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards
- to help someone to advance
- to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
- to dance
Derived forms of legleglike, adjective
Word Origin for leg
British Dictionary definitions for leg (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with leg
In addition to the idiom beginning with leg
- leg up, a
- arm and a leg
- break a leg
- on one's last legs
- pull someone's leg
- shake a leg
- stretch one's legs
- tail between one's legs
- without a leg to stand on