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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
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Examples from the web for legwork
  • S/he does not make an unsupported statement and then demand that others go do the legwork.
  • He's good at his job, but she's better: with a little legwork, she tracks down her husband's killers.
  • When you work with a travel agent, she does that legwork, searching out the travel options that best meet your needs and budget.
  • But after some legwork, they secured a loan with a private lender.
  • It can require countless hours of legwork, fire investigators say.
  • If you are looking for a long-term relationship with an adviser, do a little extra legwork.
  • Determination and legwork will almost always have positive results.
  • Car top boats and canoes can be launched here with a little legwork, but parking is often a problem.
  • Because you are seeking an order of the court without the help of an attorney, you will have the paperwork and legwork to do.
  • Instead, they've come to rely on third-party providers to do much of the legwork for them.
British Dictionary definitions for legwork


(informal) work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot
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Slang definitions & phrases for 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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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