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"leg" in British English

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legnoun [C]

uk   /leɡ/  us   /leɡ/
  • leg noun [C] (PART)

A1 one of the parts of the body of a human or animal that is used for standing or walking: My legs were tired after so much walking. He broke his leg skiing. The horse broke its front leg in the fall.
the part of a piece of clothing that you put your leg in: He rolled up his trouser legs and waded into the water.
one of the thin vertical parts that support an object: a chair/table leg

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  • leg noun [C] (STAGE)

a particular stage of a journey, competition, or activity: He has tickets for the first leg of the NCAA Men's Hockey Championship. The last leg of the race was Paris to London.

legverb

uk   /leɡ/  us   /leɡ/ UK informal
leg it
to run away in order to escape from something: They legged it round the corner when they saw the police coming.
(Definition of leg from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"leg" in American English

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legnoun

 us   /leɡ/
  • leg noun (BODY PART)

[C/U] one of the parts of a human or animal body that is used for standing or walking, or one of the thin, vertical parts on which a piece of furniture stands: [C] He broke his leg skiing. [C] The table has carved legs. [U] We had leg of lamb for dinner.
[C/U] The leg of a piece of clothing is the part you put your leg into.
  • leg noun (STAGE)

[C] a part of a trip, competition, or activity that has several stages: the last leg of the race
  • leg noun (SIDE)

geometry [C] either one of the two sides that form the angle of 90° in a right triangle
(Definition of leg from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"leg" in Business English

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legnoun

uk   us   /leɡ/
[C] TRANSPORT one of the parts of a long journey: the first/final leg On the final leg of the flight we sat in economy class.
not have a leg to stand on
to not have any way of supporting your opinion or defending your position on something: The State Department doesn't have a leg to stand on if it's going to contradict its own analysis.
have legs informal
an idea or suggestion that has legs is considered to be something worth developing further: We're looking at the proposed legislation and we think it's got legs.
(Definition of leg from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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