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make a leg

obsolete To make a show of obeisance or fealty by bowing deeply (drawing one's right leg back in the process). As I began extinguishing the lamps for the night, a small wiry man appeared before me, wearing a comically oversized suit and making a leg in a most melodramatic fashion.
See also: leg, make
References in classic literature ?
Datchery, making a leg with his hat under his arm, as he addressed himself equally to both gentlemen; 'a selfish precaution on my part, and not personally interesting to anybody but myself.