leg

leg1 [ leg ] noun count ***
▸ 1 part of body
▸ 2 clothing covering leg
▸ 3 meat from animal leg
▸ 4 part of furniture
▸ 5 part of trip/race
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) one of the two parts of your body to which your feet are attached:
He's trying to balance on one leg.
She sat down and crossed her legs.
a ) only before noun relating to your leg:
an exercise to strengthen the leg muscles
b ) one of the parts of the body of an insect or animal that it uses for walking:
The horse kicked its hind legs.
Insects have six legs.
2. ) the part of a piece of clothing that covers one of your legs:
There was a dirty mark on his trouser leg.
3. ) a piece of meat that comes from an animal's leg:
roast leg of lamb
4. ) the part of a piece of furniture such as a table or chair that supports it and raises it off the floor:
a stool with three legs
a table leg
5. ) a part of a trip:
the second leg of our cross-country camping trip
the final leg of the band's 30-month World Tour
a ) a part of a race:
the third leg of a round-the-world yacht race
b ) BRITISH one of the two games played between the same two teams that form part of a competition, especially in soccer
have legs AMERICAN INFORMAL
if something such as a news story has legs, people are interested in it for a long time
not have a leg to stand on INFORMAL
to not have any way of proving that you are right about something
=> BREAK1, LAST1, PULL1, SHAKE1, STRETCH1
leg
leg 2 [ leg ] verb
leg it INFORMAL
to run very quickly, especially to escape from someone or something

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • leg — /lɛg / (say leg) noun 1. one of the members or limbs which support and move the human or animal body. 2. this part of an animal, especially lamb or veal, used as meat to roast, bake, etc. 3. that part of the limb between the knee and the ankle. 4 …   Australian English dictionary

  • Leg — (l[e^]g), n. [Icel. leggr; akin to Dan. l[ae]g calf of the leg, Sw. l[ a]gg.] 1. A limb or member of an animal used for supporting the body, and in running, climbing, and swimming; esp., that part of the limb between the knee and foot. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leg — [leg] n. [ME < ON leggr, a leg, limb < IE base * lek , limb > L lacertus, muscle, lacerta, lizard] 1. one of the parts of the body by means of which animals stand and walk, specif., in human beings, a) one of the lower limbs b) Anat. the …   English World dictionary

  • leg — ► NOUN 1) each of the limbs on which a person or animal moves and stands. 2) a long, thin support or prop, especially of a chair or table. 3) a section of a journey, process, or race. 4) (in sport) each of two or more games or stages constituting …   English terms dictionary

  • leg*/*/*/ — [leg] noun [C] 1) one of the parts of a person s or animal s body to which the feet are attached an exercise to strengthen the leg muscles[/ex] She sat down and crossed her legs.[/ex] 2) the part of a piece of clothing that covers one of your… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Łęg — may refer to the following places in Poland: *A former name for the town of Ełk (NE Poland) *Łęg, Lower Silesian Voivodeship (south west Poland) *Łęg, Kuyavian Pomeranian Voivodeship (north central Poland) *Łęg, Łódź Voivodeship (central Poland)… …   Wikipedia

  • Leg — * Lêg, er, este, oder Lêge, r, ste, adj. et adv. welches nur in einigen gemeinen Mundarten üblich ist, wo es eigentlich niedrig bedeutet, in welchem Verstande es vorzüglich im Niederdeutschen vorkommt. Das Wasser ist leg, niedrig. Leges Wasser… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • leg-1 —     leg 1     English meaning: to drip, ooze, flow out     Deutsche Übersetzung: “tröpfeln, sickern, zergehen”     Material: Arm. lič ‘swamp, marsh” (*lēgi̯ ü); O.Ir. legaim “löse mich auf, zergehe, schmelze”, fo llega “(die ink) running from”,… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • leĝ- —     leĝ     English meaning: to gather     Deutsche Übersetzung: “zusammenlesen, sammeln”     Material: Gk. λέγω ‘sammle, lese together, zähle, rede, say”, καταλέγω “verzeichne”, συλλογή ‘sammlung”, ἐκλογή “Auswahl”, λόγος, λέξις “ discourse “,… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • Leg — (l[e^]g), v. t. To use as a leg, with it as object: (a) To bow. [Obs.] (b) To run. [Low] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leg. — leg. 〈Abk. für ital.〉 legato * * * leg. = ↑ legato. * * * leg. = legato …   Universal-Lexikon

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