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land legs

plural noun
the ability to adjust one's sense of balance and motion to walking on land, as after a sea journey or flight:
It took the astronauts some time to regain their land legs after the long space mission.
Origin of land legs
1870-75; on the model of sea legs Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stryker, awkward on his land-legs, stumbled and fell in an ill-calculated attempt to hoist himself hastily back into the vehicle.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance

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