leg

[leg]

noun

verb (used with object), legged, leg·ging.

to move or propel (a boat) with the legs: They legged the boat through the tunnel.

Verb Phrases

leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.

Nearby words

  1. leftover,
  2. leftward,
  3. leftwardly,
  4. leftwards,
  5. lefty,
  6. leg art,
  7. leg before wicket,
  8. leg break,
  9. leg bye,
  10. leg drop

Idioms

Origin of leg

1225–75; 1915–20 for def 10; Middle English < Old Norse leggr

Related formsleg·less, adjectiveleg·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for leg up

leg

noun

  1. either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
  2. (as modifier)leg guard; leg rest Related adjective: crural
any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support
this part of an animal, esp the thigh, used for foodleg of lamb
something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair
a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object
the part of a garment that covers the leg
a section or part of a journey or course
a single stage, lap, length, etc, in a relay race
either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed
either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
nautical
  1. the distance travelled without tacking
  2. (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games
cricket
  1. the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
  2. (as modifier)a leg slip; leg stump
give someone a leg up
  1. to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards
  2. to help someone to advance
have legs informal to be successful or show the potential to succeed
not have a leg to stand on to have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument
on its last legs worn out; exhausted
pull someone's leg informal to tease, fool, or make fun of someone
shake a leg informal
  1. to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
  2. to dance
show a leg informal to get up in the morning
stretch one's legs See stretch (def. 17)

verb legs, legging or legged

(tr) obsolete to propel (a canal boat) through a tunnel by lying on one's back and walking one's feet along the tunnel roof
leg it informal to walk, run, or hurry
Derived Formsleglike, adjective

Word Origin for leg

C13: from Old Norse leggr, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for leg up
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Medicine definitions for leg up

leg

[lĕg]

n.

One of the two lower limbs of the human body, especially the part between the knee and the foot.
A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.

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Idioms and Phrases with leg up

leg

In addition to the idiom beginning with leg

  • leg up, a

also see:

  • 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
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