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[ leg-wurk ]
/ ˈlɛgˌwɜrk /


work or research involving extensive walking or traveling about, usually away from one's office, as in gathering data for a book, a legal action, etc.
action of the legs as executed by an athlete, dancer, etc.


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Nearby words

legumin, leguminous, leguía, leguía, augusto bernardino, legwarmer, legwork, lehaim, lehayim, lehigh, lehman, lehman, herbert henry

Origin of legwork

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; leg + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for leg-work

  • Im beginning to get a little tired of this leg-work, myself.

    The Motor Boys|Clarence Young
  • The very essence of the gangman's duty lay in the leg-work he did.

  • In order to secure the effectual combination of body-swing and leg-work, it is essential that the swing should start first.

    Rowing|Rudolf Chambers Lehmann

British Dictionary definitions for leg-work


/ (ˈlɛɡˌwɜːk) /


informal work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for leg-work



1891, from leg (n.) + work (n.). Originally news reporter slang for an assignment that produced more walking than text.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper