Meaning of LEG in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ leg ]
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
A person or animal’s legs are the long parts of their body that they use to stand on.
He was tapping his walking stick against his leg.
N-COUNT : usu poss N
Her name was Sheila, a long-legged blonde.
...a large four-legged animal.
COMB in ADJ
The legs of a pair of trousers are the parts that cover your legs.
He moved on through wet grass that soaked his trouser legs.
N-COUNT : usu pl
A leg of lamb, pork, chicken, or other meat is a piece of meat that consists of the animal’s or bird’s leg, especially the thigh.
...a chicken leg.
...a leg of mutton.
N-COUNT : n N , N of n
The legs of a table, chair, or other piece of furniture are the parts that rest on the floor and support the furniture’s weight.
His ankles were tied to the legs of the chair...
N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft n N , N of n
...a three-legged stool.
COMB in ADJ
A leg of a long journey is one part of it, usually between two points where you stop.
The first leg of the journey was by boat to Lake Naivasha in Kenya.
N-COUNT : usu ord N , N of n
A leg of a sports competition is one of a series of games that are played to find an overall winner. ( mainly BRIT )
They will televise both legs of Leeds’ European Cup clash with Rangers.
If you say that something or someone is on their last legs , you mean that the period of time when they were successful or strong is ending. ( INFORMAL )
This relationship is on its last legs.
PHRASE : usu v-link PHR
If you are pulling someone’s leg , you are teasing them by telling them something shocking or worrying as a joke. ( INFORMAL )
Of course I won’t tell them; I was only pulling your leg.
PHRASE : V inflects
If you say that someone does not have a leg to stand on , or hasn’t got a leg to stand on , you mean that a statement or claim they have made cannot be justified or proved. ( INFORMAL )
It’s only my word against his, I know. So I don’t have a leg to stand on.
PHRASE : with brd-neg
an arm and a leg: see arm
with your tail between your legs: see tail
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006