- 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.
Origin of legwork
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; leg
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for leg-work
Historical Examples of leg-work
Im beginning to get a little tired of this leg-work, myself.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for leg-work
- informal work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot
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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.
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