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leg noun

1 part of the body

ADJ. left, right | front | back, hind | long | short, stumpy | beautiful, good, shapely | muscled, muscular, powerful, strong | skinny, spindly, thin | fat | bandy | hairy | bare | artificial, wooden | bad, stiff | broken, fractured | lame, withered He sat down with his lame leg outstretched. | tired She crossed the finish line on tired legs. | fresh They don't train the day before a match to ensure they have fresh legs. | outstretched

VERB + LEG bend | brace He put his back against the car, braced his legs and pushed. | straighten | cross I moved the chair away from the table so I could cross my legs. | splay, spread They made him put his hands on the police car and spread his legs. | extend, stretch (out) She stretched her legs under the table. (figurative) It was good to get out of the car and stretch our legs (= walk about). | lift The dog lifted its leg against the lamp post. | draw up, tuck under She sat with her legs drawn up underneath her. | kick | swing She swung her legs over the side of the bed and reached for her crutches. | entwine, tangle They gazed at each other, their legs entwined under the table. | break, injure | amputate She had her leg amputated below the knee. | shave

LEG + VERB move They ran together, their legs moving in unison. | flail, kick He jumped to avoid the flailing leg of the defender. | pump She started running, fat legs pumping. | bend | buckle, give way His legs buckled and he collapsed on the floor. | shake, tremble | dangle, hang, swing He sat with his legs dangling off the bridge. | ache

LEG + NOUN exercise | muscle | injury, pains, trouble, ulcer, wound | room (also legroom) You don't get much legroom on economy-class flights.

PREP. between the/your ~s The dog sloped off, its tail between its legs. | in the ~ He was shot in the leg by a sniper. | on the/your ~ I've got a big bruise on my leg. | on one ~ Many birds are able to stand on one leg for hours at a time.

PHRASES (have, etc.) your leg in plaster He was wheeled out of the hospital with his leg in plaster.

2 of trousers

ADJ. trouser

VERB + LEG pull up, roll up He rolled up his trouser legs. | roll down

PHRASES long/short in the leg These jeans are too long in the leg.

3 of a journey/race

ADJ. first, second, etc. | final, last | anchor The fastest runner often runs the anchor leg (= the last one) of a relay. | outbound | homeward

PREP. on the … ~ At last we were on the homeward leg of our journey.