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legnoun

 us   /leɡ/
  • leg noun (BODY PART)

[C/U] one of the ​parts of a ​human or ​animalbody that is used for ​standing or ​walking, or one of the ​thin, ​verticalparts on which a ​piece of ​furniturestands: [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 ​righttriangle
(Definition of leg from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"leg" in British English

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legnoun [C]

uk   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 ​horsebrokeitsfront 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 ​thinverticalparts that ​support an ​object: a ​chair/​table leg

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  • leg noun [C] (STAGE)

a ​particularstage 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   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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 ​economyclass.
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 ​worthdeveloping further: We're looking at the ​proposedlegislation and we ​think it's got legs.
(Definition of leg from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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