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We use our legs for standing, walking, swimming, kicking, and running.

leg There are many different ways to talk about a person’s legs. This word has both literal (actual) and figurative (symbolic) meanings.

  • Tom’s got strong legs. (Tom’s = Tom has)
  • Sarah’s got nice legs. (This is often said of a woman whose legs have a nice shape.)
  • I’ve got a cramp in my leg from running.
  • Zebediah’s legs gave out from underneath him after he finished the marathon. (legs give out = fall)
  • When lifting something heavy, don’t lift with your back. Lift with your legs.
  • After a long illness it’s important to get back on your legs.
  • Sheila’s dress shows a lot of leg. (By design, the dress reveals her legs.)

The word "leg" is also used for things that aren’t human legs, but function in the same manner as a leg.

  • A table has four legs.
  • Chairs also have four legs.
  • A stool might have three legs.
  • Golf courses have fairways that are laid out in the shape of a dog leg.
  • A rally in the stock market has legs if it still has some strength and momentum.
  • A company that doesn’t have a leg to stand on lacks capital, or it lost all of its financial support.
  • The last leg of a tour or a race is the last stage or the last part.
  • In a three-legged race, pairs of contestants each have one leg tied to that of a partner.

three legged race

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Date of publication: December 18, 2016