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foreleg

[fawr-leg, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɛg, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
one of the front legs of a quadruped, an insect, etc.
Origin of foreleg
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English forlegge. See fore-, leg
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  • Two inch-long cuts on his chest and a deeper, longer one on his foreleg was the price Johnny paid, and that was all.

  • The foreleg, to judge from its position, unquestionably was broken.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • She raised her eyes with the tiniest frown of wonder, but he had bent down and was rubbing the foreleg of The Prince.

    The Man from Jericho Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The rope was drawn tight about his shoulders with one foreleg through the loop.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • Critch broke her foreleg with his first bullet and his second brought her to the earth.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • You've a capital chance; let the brute have it, under the foreleg.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
  • One ball had broken a foreleg, the other had struck it on the head.

    With Clive in India G. A. Henty
  • He will drop from the tree with only one foreleg in fighting condition.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • Nice pony, but seems inclined to rest that foreleg, don't you know.

    Mr. Punch's Irish Humour Charles Keene, Various
  • I brought the cross hairs to bear just back of his foreleg and pulled.

    Fox Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for foreleg

foreleg

/ˈfɔːˌlɛɡ/
noun
1.
either of the front legs of a horse, sheep, or other quadruped
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Word Origin and History for foreleg
n.

late 15c., from fore- + leg (n.).

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