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or leg-o'-mutton

[leg-uh-muht-n, -uh v-] /ˈlɛg əˈmʌt n, -əv-/
having the triangular shape of a leg of mutton:
leg-of-mutton sail; a dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves.
Origin of leg-of-mutton
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for leg-of-mutton
Historical Examples
  • At first only two masts with leg-of-mutton sails were used, but now they have a jib and two sails.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • There was a keg in the boat and a mast with a leg-of-mutton sail.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • This was a triangular or “leg-of-mutton” affair, of the dimensions given in Fig. 222.

    The Scientific American Boy A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • leg-of-mutton, humorous street term for a sheeps trotter, or foot.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Then I removed the sprit, tightly hauling down the peak of the sail, and we raced along under what sailors call a leg-of-mutton.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • One of the prettiest and most convenient rigs for a small boat is known as the "leg-of-mutton sharpie rig" (Fig. 144).

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • The stout man, though he could have felled a bull with a blow of his leg-of-mutton fist, seemed about to break down in tears.

    The Son of Clemenceau Alexandre (fils) Dumas
  • They represent sort of a leg-of-mutton shaped hill about 42 feet higher than the surrounding low ground.

  • The word has an Early Victorian sound that suggests side-whiskers and leg-of-mutton trousers.

    Flaming June Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Clifford was enough of a sailor to step the little mast and properly set the leg-of-mutton sail for a breeze directly astern.

British Dictionary definitions for leg-of-mutton


(modifier) (of a sail, sleeve, etc) tapering sharply or having a triangular profile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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