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be busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest

slang To be very busy or preoccupied. Take this to someone else—I'm busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest right now. With the law set to take effect soon, local businesses have been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest trying to get in line with new regulations.
See also: busy, contest, man

bow-legged wi' brass

informal Very wealthy. (I.e., so overladen with money that one's legs are bowed beneath the weight.) Primarily heard in UK. Of course Jane has a fancy car—her family's bow-legged wi' brass. You can only live in this part of town if you're bow-legged wi' brass, unfortunately.
See also: brass

leg it

slang To go somewhere on foot, often quickly. Leg it, guys, the cops are here! We really need to leg it if we're going to make this bus! My car ran out of gas two miles from my house so I just had to leg it home.
See also: leg


slang Severely intoxicated with drugs or alcohol. We all got pretty loop-legged at the staff party, so no one was feeling particularly productive in the office the next day. Jenny must have taken something at the party, because she is acting totally loop-legged.

the three-legged stool

dated The three primary sources of income for most people after retirement: pensions, personal savings and investments, and Social Security benefits. Primarily heard in US. My dad always instilled in me the belief that I had to start building the three-legged stool as soon as I became employed after college. Unfortunately, the economic crisis has shorn one or more legs off the three-legged stool for more citizens.
See also: stool
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ˈleg it

(informal, especially British English) run, especially in order to escape from somebody: We saw the police coming and legged it down the road.
See also: leg
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mod. alcohol intoxicated. She has this strange tendency to get a little loop-legged when she has four or five drinks.
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"The importance of symmetry in the control of legged robots," says Raibert, "raises the question of what role symmetry may play in the behavior of running animals." Raibert's study of symmetry in running appears in the March 14 SCIENCE.