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[leg-wurk] /ˈlɛgˌwɜrk/
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.
action of the legs as executed by an athlete, dancer, etc.
Origin of legwork
1890-95, Americanism; leg + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for leg work
Historical Examples
  • I may need the kid for some leg work, but he always seems to be getting into trouble.

  • He was all slide and no body swing; his body at the end of the stroke was unsupported by any leg work.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • "And we shall be saved many weary miles of leg work," José smiled.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • It's going to take a lot of leg work, something in which our formal courses don't give us any basic training.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for leg work


(informal) work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for leg work


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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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