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legal beagle

An especially clever, aggressive, or skillful attorney. I might be considered something of a legal beagle now, but I had to work for years to get enough experience to build my reputation.
See also: beagle, legal


and legal-eagle (ˈliglæˈbiglæ and ˈliglæˈiglæ)
n. a lawyer. I’ve got a legal-beagle who can get me out of this scrape.
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So it is that the family sets off toward the nearest motorway for some modern-day beagling.
I went beagling today," he says "and got very wet and rather cold.