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.

1890–95, Americanism; leg + work

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legwork (ˈlɛɡˌwɜːk)
informal work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot

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Example sentences
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.
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