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ex lege

[eks le-ge; English eks lee-jee] /ɛks ˈlɛ gɛ; English ɛks ˈli dʒi/
adverb, Latin.
by virtue of law. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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A preeminent and awe-inspiring person: A few hours after she had beaten the ''lege,'' the legend of her chosen field

[1990s+; probably influenced by the phrase a legend in one's own time, applied to personages like Ernest Hemingway]

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