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Definition of leg noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    leg

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//leɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//leɡ//
     
    Athletics, Body parts, Parts of clothing
     
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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 CollocationsPhysical appearance A 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/(informal) 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 hooked/​a Roman/(formal) 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/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) 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/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey 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/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​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/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build see also bow legs, daddy-long-legs, inside leg, leggy, legroom, peg leg, sea legs See related entries: Body parts
  2. meat
  3. 2   [countable, uncountable] the leg of an animal, especially the top part, cooked and eaten frogs’ legs chicken legs leg of something roast leg of lamb
  4. of trousers/pants
  5. 3  [countable] the part of a pair of trousers/pants that covers the leg a trouser/pant leg These jeans are too long in the leg. See related entries: Parts of clothing
  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
    BrE BrE//ˈleɡɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɡɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//leɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//leɡd//
     
    (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 /leɡɪd/; in other adjectives it can be pronounced /leɡɪd/ or /leɡd/. see also cross-legged
  10. of journey/race
  11. 6  [countable] leg (of something) one part of a journey or race synonym section, stage The final leg of the trip was by donkey. See related entries: Athletics
  12. sports game
  13. 7[countable] (British English) one of a pair of matches played between the same opponents in a sports competition, which together form a single round (= stage) of the competition
  14. Word Origin Middle English (superseding shank): from Old Norse leggr (compare with Danish læg ‘calf (of the leg)’), of Germanic origin.Extra examples Have you ever tried frogs’ legs? He jumped to avoid the flailing leg of the defender. He lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. He put his back against the car, braced his legs and pushed. He rolled up his trouser legs. He rolled up the legs of his jeans. He rose to his feet on shaky legs. He sat down with his lame leg outstretched. He sat with his legs dangling off the bridge. He was shot in the leg by a sniper. He was wheeled out of the hospital with his leg in a cast/​in plaster. He was wheeled out of the hospital with his leg in plaster. His legs buckled and he collapsed on the floor. I had a big bruise on my leg. I moved the chair away from the table so I could cross my legs. I was able to stand on my good leg. I’m getting my legs waxed tomorrow. It was good to get out of the car and stretch our legs. Leg extensions use the quadriceps muscles to extend the knee. Many birds are able to stand on one leg for hours at a time. She crossed the finish line on tired legs. She had her leg amputated below the knee. She sat with her legs drawn up underneath her. She started running, fat legs pumping. She stretched her legs under the table. She swung her legs over the side of the bed and reached for her crutches. The dog lifted its leg against the lamp post. The dog sloped off, its tail between its legs. The fastest runner often runs the anchor leg of a relay. The fastest runner often runs the anchor leg= the last part of a relay race. These jeans are too long in the leg. They don’t train the day before a match to ensure they have fresh legs. They gazed at each other, their legs entwined under the table. They made him put his hands on the police car and spread his legs. They ran together, their legs moving in unison. We were on the last leg of our journey. a fine pair of legs an injury to his upper leg Hopefully, the next leg of the race will feature fewer icebergs and more dolphins. I really believe we can turn around that 4–2 first leg deficit and win this game. The Spanish team won the third leg.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
    (informal) used to wish somebody good luck
    cost/pay an arm and a leg
     
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    (informal) to cost/pay a lot of money
    (British English, informal) to have sex (informal) 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
     
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    (informal) 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.
    (informal) to play a joke on somebody, usually by making them believe something that is not true (old-fashioned, informal) used to tell somebody to start to do something or to hurry (informal) to go for a short walk after sitting for some time It was good to get out of the car and stretch our legs.
    talk the hind leg off a donkey
     
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    (informal) to talk too much, especially about boring or unimportant things
    with your tail between your legs
     
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    (informal) feeling ashamed or unhappy because you have been defeated or punished