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Definition of leg noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    part of body
  1. 1[countable] one of the long parts that connect the feet to the rest of the body Sit on the floor, stretching your legs out in front of you. I broke my leg playing football. How many legs does a centipede have? front/back legs forelegs/hind legs a wooden leg Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also bow legs, daddy longlegs, leggy, legroom, peg leg, sea legs
  2. meat
  3. 2[countable, uncountable] the leg of an animal, especially the top part, cooked and eaten Would you like a leg or a breast? chicken legs leg of something roast leg of lamb
  4. of pants
  5. 3[countable] the part of a pair of pants that covers the leg a pant leg These jeans are too long in the leg.
  6. of table/chair
  7. 4[countable] one of the long, thin parts on the bottom of a table, chair, etc. that support it a chair leg
  8. -legged
  9. 5
    , NAmE//lɛɡd//
    (in adjectives) having the number or type of legs mentioned a three-legged stool a long-legged insect When -legged is used with numbers, it is nearly always pronounced/lɛɡəd/; in other adjectives it can be pronounced/lɛɡəd/ or/lɛɡd/ (but/lɛɡəd/ is more common). see also cross-legged
  10. of trip/race
  11. 6[countable] leg (of something) one part of a trip or race synonym section, stage The final leg of the trip was by donkey.
  12. Idioms
    as fast as your legs can carry you
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    as quickly as you can
    be on your/its last legs
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    to be going to die or stop functioning very soon; to be very weak or in bad condition
    break a leg! (informal)
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    used to wish someone good luck
    cost/pay an arm and a leg (informal)
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    to cost/pay a lot of money
      give somebody a leg up (informal)
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    1. 1to help someone to get on a horse, over a wall, etc. by allowing them to put their foot in your hands and lifting them up
    2. 2to help someone to improve their situation The loan from his father gave him a leg up when he needed it.
    have legs (informal)
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    if you say that a news story, etc. has legs, you mean that people will continue to be interested in it for a long time
    not have a leg to stand on (informal)
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    to be in a position where you are unable to prove something or explain why something is reasonable Without written evidence, we don't have a leg to stand on.
    pull somebody's leg (informal)
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    to play a joke on someone, usually by making them believe something that is not true
    shake a leg (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    used to tell someone to start to do something or to hurry
    stretch your legs (informal)
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    to go for a short walk after sitting for some time It was good to get out of the car and stretch our legs.
    with your tail between your legs (informal)
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    feeling ashamed or unhappy because you have been defeated or punished