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legwork

[leg-wurk] /ˈlɛgˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
work or research involving extensive walking or traveling about, usually away from one's office, as in gathering data for a book, a legal action, etc.
2.
action of the legs as executed by an athlete, dancer, etc.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; leg + work
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British Dictionary definitions for leg work

legwork

/ˈlɛɡˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
(informal) work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot
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Slang definitions & phrases for leg work

legwork

noun phrase

Peripatetic work done outside the office: I figured Wendell must be somewhere close, and I did a little legwork (1891+ Newspaper office)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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