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dogleg

[dawg-leg, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌlɛg, ˈdɒg-/
noun
1.
a route, way, or course that turns at a sharp angle.
adjective
verb (used without object), doglegged, doglegging.
3.
to proceed around a sharp angle or along an angular or zigzag course:
The road doglegged through the mountains.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; dog + leg
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British Dictionary definitions for dog leg

dogleg

/ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡ/
noun
1.
  1. a sharp bend or angle
  2. something with a sharp bend
verb -legs, -legging, -legged
2.
(intransitive) to go off at an angle
adjective
3.
of or with the shape of a dogleg
Derived Forms
doglegged (ˌdɒɡˈlɛɡɪd; ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡd) adjective
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Word Origin and History for dog leg
n.

"something bent like a dog's hind leg," 1703. Originally of a type of staircase.

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