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leg man

1. A reporter or journalist who is assigned to research or gather information, as at the scene of an event or from various sources. (Variant spelling of "legman.") Leg men from the local news stations were already at the scene of the shooting before the police had even arrived. I learned some valuable skills about networking in my time as a leg man for the newspaper.
2. A person, typically an assistant, employed or assigned to carry out various tasks, such as running errands or delivering messages, especially outside of the office. (Variant spelling of "legman.") I worked as a leg man for a number of years in the giant corporation before finally being promoted to a position with a bit more responsibility.
3. slang A man who is specifically attracted to or interested in the shape of a person's (typically a woman's) legs. Some men are preoccupied with the size of a woman's bust, but I've always been more of a leg man myself.
See also: leg, man
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At the bottom of the Cuban games' hierarchy are the legmen, known as apuntadores, who collect the bets.
And so the police reporter, city hall man, and other legmen often work from reports, or reports of reports -- e.
Not fight out of "The Front Page," but as close as you could get in the mid-1950s, and that was pretty close if you worked at the AP Local Desk in New York and had a running engagement with legmen you never saw calling in with notes about bloated bodies rising from the mud in the Hudson or a LaGuardia-bound airliner just smashed on Rikers Island, so you could whip out stories in takes, on a wire that went to papers that lived by the minute and snapped at the quick and the real: raw, lean grafs for their editors to read on the phone to beat reporters or mark up for the next edition or hand to rewritemen to make into art, sometimes surreal, in a battle of seven dailies that included three tabloids bought on the streets, at all hours of the day, by half the people of New York.
Some Legmen for the US Israeli lobby, and even some here in Lebanon appear barely able to contain themselves, such is their felt glee over the Lebanese and Iranian election results.