shake a leg

Idioms & Phrases

shake a leg

  1. Dance, as in Whenever there was music he was eager to shake a leg. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]

  2. Hurry up, as in Shake a leg or we'll miss the plane. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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