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  1. 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.
  2. action of the legs as executed by an athlete, dancer, etc.

Origin of legwork

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; leg + work
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  1. informal work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot
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