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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 Informal
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.]




  1. Ankles fine as an antelope’s —Josephine Edgar
  2. Ankles like door knobs —Anon
  3. The calves of her legs were as taut and stiff as anchor chains —Mary Ellen Chase
  4. Feet heavy as anchors —Richard Ford
  5. Feet large as spades —Aharon Megged
  6. Feet like canoes —Herbert Wilner
  7. Feet … swollen, driven through my shoes like devilled egg through a pastry bag —Ira Wood
  8. Feet … tripping like the feet of a restless pony —Adela Rogers St. John
  9. (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

  10. Her bony toes seemed as long and articulate as fingers —Thomas Williams
  11. Her legs were shapeless … like a fisherwoman’s —H. E. Bates
  12. His legs felt like two old rusted rain gutters —Flannery O’Connor
  13. (She was a vast blonde girl, with) huge limbs like a piece of modern sculpture —Barbara Pym
  14. Knees tuck out … like two hard-boiled eggs —Anne Piper
  15. Legs bowed like a wishbone —Ian MacMillan

    See Also: BENDING/BENT

  16. Legs … as heavy as sunken logs —Nolan Miller
  17. Legs as shapeless and almost as thin as the lines in a child’s drawing —Niven Busch
  18. Legs as thick as newel posts —F. van Wyck Mason
  19. Legs bent like monster springs —Richard S. Prather
  20. Legs … bowed, rickety, like bent pipes —George Garrett
  21. Legs have gone mottled, like Roquefort cheese —Nadine Gordimer

    Another simile to describe the effects of cellulite is “Thighs like cottage cheese.”

  22. Legs in motion like the hind parts of a dog —David Ignatow
  23. Legs knotted and angular as whittled wood —George Garrett
  24. Legs like a baseball bat —Delmore Schwartz
  25. (A large man with) legs like a billiard table —Joyce Cary
  26. Legs like an emaciated monkey’s —Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  27. Legs like redwood trees —Pat Conroy
  28. Legs … like two pillars —Bertold Brecht
  29. Legs moving like the hammers of a grand piano —Paul Kuttner
  30. Legs shaped like lion’s paws —Jilly Cooper
  31. Legs solid as tree trunks —Richard Deming
  32. Legs … stiff as a wooden soldier’s legs —William Kotzwinkle,
  33. Legs … straight as a pair of poplar trees in a storm —Ariel Dorfman See Also: STRAIGHTNESS
  34. Legs were strong as old roots —Truman Capote
  35. Legs that were too long, like a colt’s —Beryl Markham
  36. Long, thin legs like wading birds —Elizabeth Hardwick
  37. My feet feel like balloons —Anthony Powell
  38. (The young lady has) a pair of ankles like chianti bottles —George Jean Nathan

    See Also: INSULTS

  39. The pull of the tendons at his ankle like the taut ropes that control the sails of ships —Nadine Gordimer
  40. She (a ballet dancer) has legs like a Fordham tackle —Irwin Shaw
  41. Skinny legs, like the legs of a turkey gobbler —Ellen Glasgow
  42. Swings his game leg like a gate, creaking on its hinges —Bette Howland
  43. Thighs big as trees —John D. MacDonald
  44. Thighs like a wild mare —Thomas Williams
  45. Thighs like pillars of a temple —Peter De Vries
  46. Thighs like twin portals —Paule Marshall
  47. Thighs solid as poplars —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  48. Thighs … they look like they’re made of steel —Jonathan Valin
  49. Varicose veins crawled like fat blue worms under her stockings —Ross Macdonald
  50. Veins like big ugly worms —James Crumley
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
stamina, staying power, toughness - enduring strength and energy
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
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Having no top to its head, she tied on a neat little cap, and as both arms and legs were gone, she hid these deficiencies by folding it in a blanket and devoting her best bed to this chronic invalid.
Coming in at the front door and find- ing himself a chair, he lighted one of the stogies and crossing his legs began to talk.
His whole body moved up and down as he rubbed, and he was a funny sight from the rear, with his shaggy head and bandy legs.
The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that numerous things be brought back to them.
His legs and thighs were thin, nearly to emaciation, but of extraordinary length; and his knees would have been considered tremendous, had they not been outdone by the broader foundations on which this false superstructure of blended human orders was so profanely reared.
In the way of furniture, there were two tables: one, constructed with perplexing intricacy and exhibiting as many feet as a centipede; the other, most delicately wrought, with four long and slender legs, so apparently frail that it was almost incredible what a length of time the ancient tea-table had stood upon them.
The farmer slowly felt my legs, which were much swelled and strained; then he looked at my mouth.
When he came to the low church wall, he got over it, like a man whose legs were numbed and stiff, and then turned round to look for me.
I quite agree with you,' answered the second brother, 'and my advice is to eat up his loaf of bread, and then to refuse to give him a bit of ours until he has promised to let us put out his eyes or break his legs.
It was probably on account of this accident that it ceased to be the seat of the governors of Massachusetts; for, assuredly, it would have been ominous of evil to the commonwealth if the chair of state had tottered upon three legs.
His head and arms and legs were jointed upon his body, but he stood perfectly motionless, as if he could not stir at all.
he was about my age, when, setting out one day for the chase, he felt his legs weak, the man who had never known what weakness was before.