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a. One of the limbs or appendages that an animal uses for locomotion or support.
b. One of the lower or hind limbs in humans and other primates.
c. The part of the limb between the knee and foot in vertebrates.
d. The back part of the hindquarter of a meat animal.
2. A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.
3. One of the branches of a forked or jointed object.
4. The part of a garment, especially of a pair of pants, that covers the leg.
5. Mathematics Either side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
6. A stage of a journey or course, especially:
a. Nautical The distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack.
b. The part of an air route or a flight pattern that is between two successive stops, positions, or changes in direction.
c. One of several contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner of a competition.
d. Sports One stretch of a relay race.
7. legs The narrow streams of swirled wine or spirits that run slowly down along the inside of a glass, often believed to indicate that the liquid is full-bodied.
8. legs Slang The ability to last or sustain success, especially by appealing to an audience: a blockbuster movie that has legs.
intr.v. legged, leg·ging, legs InformalIdioms:
To go on foot; walk or run. Often used with the indefinite it: Because we missed the bus, we had to leg it across town.
a leg to stand on Slang
A justifiable or logical basis for defense; support: He doesn't have a leg to stand on in this debate.
a leg up Slang
1. The act or an instance of assisting; a boost.
2. A position of advantage; an edge: We have a leg up on the competition.
on (one's) last legs
At the end of one's strength or resources; ready to collapse, fail, or die.
[Middle English, from Old Norse leggr.]
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- Ankles fine as an antelope’s —Josephine Edgar
- Ankles like door knobs —Anon
- The calves of her legs were as taut and stiff as anchor chains —Mary Ellen Chase
- Feet heavy as anchors —Richard Ford
- Feet large as spades —Aharon Megged
- Feet like canoes —Herbert Wilner
- Feet … swollen, driven through my shoes like devilled egg through a pastry bag —Ira Wood
- Feet … tripping like the feet of a restless pony —Adela Rogers St. John
- (The fiddler’s) feet were like the black hooves of a trotting horse that never seemed to touch the ground —Will Weaver
See Also: DANCING
- Her bony toes seemed as long and articulate as fingers —Thomas Williams
- Her legs were shapeless … like a fisherwoman’s —H. E. Bates
- His legs felt like two old rusted rain gutters —Flannery O’Connor
- (She was a vast blonde girl, with) huge limbs like a piece of modern sculpture —Barbara Pym
- Knees tuck out … like two hard-boiled eggs —Anne Piper
- Legs bowed like a wishbone —Ian MacMillan
See Also: BENDING/BENT
- Legs … as heavy as sunken logs —Nolan Miller
- Legs as shapeless and almost as thin as the lines in a child’s drawing —Niven Busch
- Legs as thick as newel posts —F. van Wyck Mason
- Legs bent like monster springs —Richard S. Prather
- Legs … bowed, rickety, like bent pipes —George Garrett
- Legs have gone mottled, like Roquefort cheese —Nadine Gordimer
Another simile to describe the effects of cellulite is “Thighs like cottage cheese.”
- Legs in motion like the hind parts of a dog —David Ignatow
- Legs knotted and angular as whittled wood —George Garrett
- Legs like a baseball bat —Delmore Schwartz
- (A large man with) legs like a billiard table —Joyce Cary
- Legs like an emaciated monkey’s —Louis-Ferdinand Celine
- Legs like redwood trees —Pat Conroy
- Legs … like two pillars —Bertold Brecht
- Legs moving like the hammers of a grand piano —Paul Kuttner
- Legs shaped like lion’s paws —Jilly Cooper
- Legs solid as tree trunks —Richard Deming
- Legs … stiff as a wooden soldier’s legs —William Kotzwinkle,
- Legs … straight as a pair of poplar trees in a storm —Ariel Dorfman See Also: STRAIGHTNESS
- Legs were strong as old roots —Truman Capote
- Legs that were too long, like a colt’s —Beryl Markham
- Long, thin legs like wading birds —Elizabeth Hardwick
- My feet feel like balloons —Anthony Powell
- (The young lady has) a pair of ankles like chianti bottles —George Jean Nathan
See Also: INSULTS
- The pull of the tendons at his ankle like the taut ropes that control the sails of ships —Nadine Gordimer
- She (a ballet dancer) has legs like a Fordham tackle —Irwin Shaw
- Skinny legs, like the legs of a turkey gobbler —Ellen Glasgow
- Swings his game leg like a gate, creaking on its hinges —Bette Howland
- Thighs big as trees —John D. MacDonald
- Thighs like a wild mare —Thomas Williams
- Thighs like pillars of a temple —Peter De Vries
- Thighs like twin portals —Paule Marshall
- Thighs solid as poplars —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- Thighs … they look like they’re made of steel —Jonathan Valin
- Varicose veins crawled like fat blue worms under her stockings —Ross Macdonald
- Veins like big ugly worms —James Crumley
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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|Noun||1.||legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"|
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