Meaning of LEG in English

LEG

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a chair leg/arm/back/seat

The chair leg has broken.

a head/leg etc wound

The victim died of chest wounds.

a head/leg/shoulder etc injury

He suffered a shoulder injury while playing rugby.

a leg/stage of a journey (= one part of a journey )

We set off on the final leg of our journey.

arm/leg/stomach etc muscles

Her leg muscles ached after the run.

as fast as...legs could carry (= running as quickly as he could )

Johnny ran off as fast as his legs could carry him .

bow legs

cost an arm and a leg (= have a price that is much too high )

A skiing holiday needn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

find/get your sea legs

I felt awful yesterday. But, thankfully, I’ve found my sea legs now.

fracture your leg/arm/hip etc

He fractured his right leg during training.

hind legs/feet/quarters/limbs

hug your knees/arms/legs etc

Sarah sat on the floor, hugging her knees.

hurt your arm/leg/nose etc

He hurt his knee playing football.

leg irons

leg of lamb

a leg of lamb

leg of...tour (= the first part of it )

the first leg of the band’s European tour

leg room

There wasn’t enough leg room.

lift your hand/arm/leg etc

She lifted her hand to knock on the door once again.

Pam lifted her shoulders in a little shrug.

long legs

He stretched out his long legs .

lose an arm/leg/eye etc

He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.

pair of hands/eyes/legs etc

She felt as if every pair of eyes in the room was on her.

peg leg

sb's waist/chest/leg etc measurement

What is his waist measurement?

sb’s good eye/arm/leg etc (= the one that is not damaged )

He sat up, supporting himself on his good arm.

sea legs

I felt awful yesterday. But, thankfully, I’ve found my sea legs now.

shave your head/legs/armpits etc

She shaved her legs and underarms.

shoot sb in the leg/head etc

He had been shot in the back while trying to escape.

slender legs/arms/fingers etc

thin arms/legs/lips etc

He has long thin hands.

tie sb’s hands/arms/legs/feet

One of them tied her hands behind her back.

touch sb on the arm/leg etc

A hand touched her on the shoulder.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

back

He already travels with a corset for his back problems and leg strapping.

She heard the click of the gate; then nothing, except the crickets rubbing their back legs together in the grass.

His big rough hands snip and snip-ears, a tail, back legs .

In other chairs the arm is integral to the front and back legs , and must be fitted at an earlier stage.

A black horse was galloping down it, frisking his back legs like a colt.

Leaning over for balance, take hold of your front ankle and raise the back leg .

Make sure the hip is twisted and the back leg locked straight, while leaning forward and punching to the groin.

bad

He had a bad leg and they kept on at him to hurry up.

A sweetheart, this little lady, not bad legs either.

For Joshua, at sixty-two, and suffering from a bad leg , distances had begun to take on an extraordinary significance.

Kevin Johnson played only 26 minutes while hobbling on a bad leg .

A bad leg confined her to her room, but she still managed to control the house and beyond that the estates.

He was trying to climb up a brick wall, but he's got a bad leg .

Pleased to hear you can ride bareback standing on your bad leg .

broken

He received serious head injuries and a broken leg in the collision on the B1278 near Segefield Hospital.

Graham was a pioneer rock and winter climber before a broken leg turned him to sailing.

The wooden trolley has a broken leg . 4.

His career has been hampered by injury, most noticeably a broken leg in 1983.

But trainer Hannon said any stiffness would have had no connection with the broken leg which led to Mr Brooks' death.

One has a broken neck and two broken legs .

Despite the pain she managed to walk fifty yards with a broken leg to get help.

Andrew suffered a broken leg , broken arm and internal injuries.

front

In other chairs the arm is integral to the front and back legs , and must be fitted at an earlier stage.

The Classic lost a starter Tuesday when Down the Aisle broke a bone in his left front leg after a morning workout.

Repeat the exercise but kick with the front or rear leg as soon as the stance switches.

When night does fall, she opens the lid and stretches out her two front pairs of legs .

Jump diagonally forwards with the front leg and pick the rear foot up for a high roundhouse kick.

There are two sets of front legs , which end in what look like suckers.

Brachiosaurus was even heavier than Brontosaurus and had front legs longer than its rear ones, the opposite of Brontosaurus.

hind

The hair is somewhat longer on both front and hind legs .

Using a small cleaver or a large, heavy knife, cut the hind leg across the bone into 2 pieces.

The beast reared up on its hind legs , screaming with blood showing at its lips and teeth.

Get up on your hind legs .

You can but it whole or already cut into joints, such as saddle or hind legs .

I wanted them to get up on their hind legs and do battle.

Even the hounds sensed something was amiss and became still, tails pressed between hind legs , watching.

In the photo Glover was as stooped as ever, a trained bear on hind legs .

left

The old man's left leg had been blown off in the war.

On June 15, he broke a bone in his left leg when he fouled a ball off of his shin.

Change to the left leg and repeat.

Gary stepped on a Bouncing Betty. it maimed his left leg .

Application of the roundhouse kick to the head with the left leg .

His left leg was going into muscle spasms of some sort and he clutched at his knee with frustration.

Bend your left leg in front and extend the right leg.

Her head was swirling, her mind was racing, her ankle was swelling and her left leg was numb.

long

She swung her long legs over the side of the bed and got up.

Her forearms and much of her long legs were bare, visible, pale as her face.

Glover completely approved of most of them, of their long , loose legs and intelligent faces.

The door is opened by the vision of blonde hair and long blue legs .

She walked off on her long legs .

She had excellent bone structure, a well-shaped determined chin, a good figure and long legs .

She leaned back on both elbows, smiling at me faintly down the length of her long , frail legs .

right

The 24-year-old central defender will have his right leg immobilised for six weeks and will miss the play-offs should Boro qualify.

His right arm and leg were the most damaged.

A white petticoat danced as she lifted her bare right leg .

She had survived polio, but her right leg was weak and deformed, and her right arm dangled loosely.

Now the right leg is thrust out with the foot travelling in a straight line towards the opponent.

When I began chopping again my axe slipped and cut off my right leg .

The attacker moves forward in a left fighting stance with a front kick off the right leg to the groin area.

She survived with muscles in her abdomen, back, right shoulder, and right leg paralyzed.

short

Too fast for his shorter legs and he fell on his knees.

The terriers bounded along ahead on their short legs .

Long bodies and short legs are reminders of their close relationship to weasels and polecats.

He moved like a ghost, his large upper body rigid, his short legs exact metronomes: evolutionary perfection.

Eventually Rutherford's bat protruded too far forward and enabled Stewart to take a smart catch at short leg .

Sylvie noticed that despite his short legs , his girth, he had a grace about him and a power.

And Stuart Leary believed in following the ball from the bowler's hand even when fielding at short leg .

Jet-pipes are angled out ten degrees. Short gear legs sit the aeroplane conveniently low.

■ NOUN

injury

But Roundhay's chances were not helped when Barry Willis had to be helped off with a leg injury .

He had hand and leg injuries that limited his playing time and sapped his enthusiasm.

Candy Morris suffered horrific leg injuries when she slipped into a paper shredding machine.

Reed had a leg injury that nearly immobilized him, but he played in that game.

They will be without top striker Ridvan Dilmen who has a leg injury .

He thought it quite possible that Pike had starved the horse to help it recover from its leg injury .

Rita was on target to capture the singles title when a recurring leg injury regrettably ended her bid.

Norman Reeve, 24, received multiple bruising and Peter Clark, 25, suffered leg injuries .

muscle

Particular attention should be paid to the lower spine and leg muscles - they remember every step of the way.

Pull up your leg muscles and feel how solid that left thigh is becoming!

Their leg muscles were stiff, their knees hurt, their shoulders resented the weight of their rifles.

How else, besides using her leg muscles , might she be able to help herself to stand up?

You can feel the leg muscles really hardening as you pedal hard up a hill.

Sit as shown, and place your hands on the lower thighs so you can feel the leg muscle contractions.

Ooooooh, how her leg muscles did ache from holding her skirt in this proper fashion - with blue flowers on it.

trouser

A tug at his trouser leg awakened him from his reverie.

A stream of beer runs across the table and drips on to his trouser leg .

On his way out he cocked a leg swiftly and directed a powerful jet against an immaculate trouser leg.

His right trouser leg was torn.

He tossed away the sketch, kicked off his sandals, then pulled off his socks and rolled up his trouser legs .

Henry licked his finger, then rubbed it against his trouser leg .

Sammy followed him, tugging at his trouser legs .

His trouser legs were scorching from the fire and he twisted to one side.

■ VERB

bend

Now face your left side. Bend your left leg in front and extend the right leg.

Whenever you pick up a heavy load, bend both legs .

As you bend and straighten your legs , make a large circle with your arms.

Raise both legs in the air, crossing them at the ankles; bend your legs a little.

Lie on your side and bend the lower leg .

Their eyes were dull with fever, they had trouble bending their legs , sitting and urinating.

break

In 1934 he crashed at Allessandria, breaking his leg .

But your partner has just broken a leg and is recovering at home.

I might easily have broken a leg in that fall.

They race with broken arms and broken legs .

One had had a suspected heart attack, another had a broken leg .

After recovering from his broken leg , Mark Whipple finished with 13 goals and seven assists.

In the autumn he broke a leg while attending the World Grass Ski Championships.

Wilkerson, who sat out last season recovering from a broken leg , had regained his starting spot.

cross

Fold the other arm over his chest and cross the far leg over his near one.

When the team is going the other way, he crosses his right leg .

Skip, crossing one leg in front and kicking the other leg out to the side.

Just in case, he also crossed his legs and squeezed his eyes shut.

He leans back, crosses his legs , and looks like a man having an agreeable conversation in his club.

When she crossed her legs , he saw for the first time that her skirt was ridiculously short.

Skip, crossing over legs in front and kicking them as high as possible to either side.

Tom Karsten crosses his legs and relaxes even more in a big easy chair.

lose

This was in the heady days of 1978, when I first lost my leg , when very flared trousers were in.

My grandfather had lost his leg in a stockyard accident.

In real combat he would have lost at least one leg at the knee.

Why, in losing his leg and the few horses in his charge, he had lost his boyish good humor.

Four people lost one or both legs , and another lost an arm.

When I heard that he had lost control of his legs , I thought it would be only a matter of weeks.

One group have lost their legs altogether and taken to burrowing underground.

What do you call a triathlete who loses both arms and legs in the water?

pull

Charles Greenwich London Are you pulling my leg ?

Foster pulled his legs back from the fire.

Then pull each leg away in opposite directions as far as it will go.

Standing at the kitchen counter, whining baby pulling on my legs .

I used to tap dance, high kick, do splits, pull my legs up at the back of my head.

Then Elmer gathers up the reins, leans back, and pulls his legs back, toes down in the stirrups.

It is quite legal to go out into the countryside, find a hedgehog and pull off its legs one by one.

Why would l pull your leg about something like that.

raise

Still lying down, bend the knees and raise the legs . 9.

Its tight lever took him all the way back and raised his bone legs above the horizon.

Keeping your body upright and tummy pulled in tight, draw the raised leg across the body, leading with the ankle.

Lying as shown, raise the top leg , and with foot pointed do 30 mini raises.

With toes pointed, raise the extended leg up and down slightly.

Throw a reverse punch as before and bring the kicking knee forwards without raising the lower leg or turning the hips.

Bend your right leg and raise your left leg high in the air.

From here raise the leg up and down slightly 15 times, holding each raise for 1 second.

stretch

As with hand strikes, kicks should never fully stretch the leg .

He sighed a lot, stretched his legs , cracked his knuckles.

Sometimes Alfred allowed Ruth to leave the barge and walk beside the horse on the towpath, to stretch her legs .

After lunch, eager to stretch our legs , we simply set off walking without a map.

I try to be comfortable; to stretch my legs and think soothing thoughts.

Ted got up and stretched his legs .

Richie wanted to stretch his legs .

It came as a relief to stretch his legs at last.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(with) legs akimbo

a bum ankle/leg etc

C Jeremy Newberry, with a bum ankle and knee, is still expected to start.

as fast as his/her legs could carry him/her

She ran to her mother as fast as her legs could carry her.

bad heart/leg/back etc

A sweetheart, this little lady, not bad legs either.

For Joshua, at sixty-two, and suffering from a bad leg, distances had begun to take on an extraordinary significance.

He had a bad back as well, you know, just like Rich.

He had a bad leg and they kept on at him to hurry up.

Medical deferment for a very bad heart.

That coming from him who would go sick with a bad back whenever a job tired him.

The problems-from bad backs to carpal tunnel syndrome to headaches-have made the headlines of every health magazine in the country.

break a leg

game leg

He alarmed us as children: he had a gruff manner, a game leg and a pronounced cast in one eye.

on its last legs

Your car sounds like it's on its last legs.

It's an old established set-up, but I reckon it's on its last legs now.

The battery, like the torch's owner, was on its last legs.

Without some fresh thinking the G8 is probably on its last legs as an effective body.

on your last legs

Sarah looks as if she's on her last legs.

His exit, when he truly is on his last legs, is his most effective gambit.

It's an old established set-up, but I reckon it's on its last legs now.

It was a nightmare, anyone reading the papers would think I was on my last legs.

Martin Glimmer is the 50-something horn player on his last legs.

The battery, like the torch's owner, was on its last legs.

The fenders flapped in the breeze, and the engine coughed and wheezed like an old man on his last legs.

Without some fresh thinking the G8 is probably on its last legs as an effective body.

pull sb's leg

Did Ronnie really call or are you just pulling my leg?

Don't worry. I was just pulling you leg about moving - I'm not going anywhere.

I think he was just pulling your leg.

rest your feet/legs/eyes etc

Fit in periods away from people, giving yourself the opportunity to renew your energy and rest your eyes.

He rested his eyes on her, very conscious of the smooth skin and her flowery perfume.

I took off my shoes and rested my feet on her thighs as she massaged them.

In fact I was having trouble finding a place to rest my eyes.

Should children with defective vision be resting their eyes?

Slinging his mac over the back of a pew he sat down and rested his feet on the one in front.

sb puts his pants on one leg at a time

shake a leg

If we want to get there by 11:00, we'd better shake a leg.

I stood on my shaking legs, my head on the public phone.

On shaking legs he began to descend.

Outside the others were shouting for Kerry to shake a leg.

The business of the audition is squeezed into all this in less time than it takes to shake a leg.

show a leg!

stretch your legs

A few of the passengers got off the bus to stretch their legs.

After so long on the train, we couldn't wait to get out and stretch our legs.

Do you feel like stopping here and stretching your legs?

After lunch, eager to stretch our legs, we simply set off walking without a map.

Every boy needs to stretch his legs.

Gene and the blond boy followed me to stretch their legs.

He sighed a lot, stretched his legs, cracked his knuckles.

I try to be comfortable; to stretch my legs and think soothing thoughts.

She stretched her legs from thigh to toes - and let go.

She stretched her legs under the table, feeling the same satisfaction that she felt when she woke that morning.

Sometimes Alfred allowed Ruth to leave the barge and walk beside the horse on the towpath, to stretch her legs.

talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey

walk sb's legs off

with your tail between your legs

And that is when the toughest Bruin team in years sent the Huskies home with their tails between their legs.

He knows he can not come back with his tail between his legs.

I would go out of the Chamber with my tail between my legs.

Pottz wiped out three waves in a row and crept back in with his tail between his legs.

They got scared and ran away with their tail between their legs.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A spider has 8 legs.

a table leg

Angie broke her leg skiing.

Here, pull up your pant legs and let me see if your knees are hurt.

the second leg of the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Another screaming beast collapsed on broken hind legs.

Breathing through his mouth, he manipulated his probe between her legs.

Officers then shot Mao in the leg several times and he collapsed.

Raise the leg a fraction higher and repeat this tiny movement 15 times, holding each raise for 1 second.

The hen with yellow legs in his room on his documents and books was too much one day.

The men looked pensive as the carriage approached the final leg of the trip to the big house on the hill.

When this can expand no further, it splits and is rolled off, like a nylon stocking from a leg .

II. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(with) legs akimbo

a bum ankle/leg etc

C Jeremy Newberry, with a bum ankle and knee, is still expected to start.

bad heart/leg/back etc

A sweetheart, this little lady, not bad legs either.

For Joshua, at sixty-two, and suffering from a bad leg, distances had begun to take on an extraordinary significance.

He had a bad back as well, you know, just like Rich.

He had a bad leg and they kept on at him to hurry up.

Medical deferment for a very bad heart.

That coming from him who would go sick with a bad back whenever a job tired him.

The problems-from bad backs to carpal tunnel syndrome to headaches-have made the headlines of every health magazine in the country.

game leg

He alarmed us as children: he had a gruff manner, a game leg and a pronounced cast in one eye.

on its last legs

Your car sounds like it's on its last legs.

It's an old established set-up, but I reckon it's on its last legs now.

The battery, like the torch's owner, was on its last legs.

Without some fresh thinking the G8 is probably on its last legs as an effective body.

on your last legs

Sarah looks as if she's on her last legs.

His exit, when he truly is on his last legs, is his most effective gambit.

It's an old established set-up, but I reckon it's on its last legs now.

It was a nightmare, anyone reading the papers would think I was on my last legs.

Martin Glimmer is the 50-something horn player on his last legs.

The battery, like the torch's owner, was on its last legs.

The fenders flapped in the breeze, and the engine coughed and wheezed like an old man on his last legs.

Without some fresh thinking the G8 is probably on its last legs as an effective body.

sb puts his pants on one leg at a time

with your tail between your legs

And that is when the toughest Bruin team in years sent the Huskies home with their tails between their legs.

He knows he can not come back with his tail between his legs.

I would go out of the Chamber with my tail between my legs.

Pottz wiped out three waves in a row and crept back in with his tail between his legs.

They got scared and ran away with their tail between their legs.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Calling Emily, I legged it to the youth hostel two miles away.

I legged it before the cops came.

The arduous task of legging through a long tunnel like that under Castle Hill at Dudley could take over 3 hours.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.