leg1 W1S1 [leg] n
1¦(body part)¦
7 not have a leg to stand on
8 get your leg over
9 have legs
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old Norse; Origin: leggr]
1.) ¦(BODY PART)¦
one of the long parts of your body that your feet are joined to, or a similar part on an animal or insect
a young boy with skinny legs
She fell and broke her leg.
four-legged/long-legged etc
four-legged animals
2.) ¦(MEAT)¦ [U and C]
the leg of an animal when it is cooked and eaten as food
roast leg of lamb
arm, ↑cushion, ↑leg
one of the upright parts that support a piece of furniture
One of the legs on the table was a bit wobbly.
a chair leg
a three-legged stool
4.) ¦(CLOTHING)¦
the part of your trousers that covers your leg
The legs of my jeans were covered in mud.
He rolled up his trouser legs and waded out into the stream.
one part of a long journey or race
leg of
the final leg of the Tour de France
6.) ¦(SPORT)¦ BrE
one of the series of games in a football competition played between two teams
Leeds will have to win the second leg if they are to go forward to the finals.
7.) not have a leg to stand on informal
to be in a situation where you cannot prove or legally support what you say
If you didn't sign a contract, you won't have a leg to stand on.
8.) get your leg over
BrE informal not polite to have sex with someone
9.) have legs
AmE informal if a piece of news has legs, people continue to be interested in it and talk about it
on its last legs atlast1 (9), on your last legs atlast1 (8), pull sb's leg atpull1 (11), ↑leg-pull, leg-up, peg leg, sea legs
shake a leg atshake1 (9)
show a leg atshow1 (23)
stretch your legs atstretch1 (7)
leg 2
leg2 v past tense and past participle legged present participle legging
BrE informal
leg it
to run in order to escape from someone or something
We saw him coming, and legged it out of the house.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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