On one's last legs
Leg Leg (l[e^]g), n. [Icel. leggr; akin to Dan. l[ae]g calf of the leg, Sw. l["a]gg.] 1. A limb or member of an animal used for supporting the body, and in running, climbing, and swimming; esp., that part of the limb between the knee and foot. [1913 Webster]

2. That which resembles a leg in form or use; especially, any long and slender support on which any object rests; as, the leg of a table; the leg of a pair of compasses or dividers. [1913 Webster]

3. The part of any article of clothing which covers the leg; as, the leg of a stocking or of a pair of trousers. [1913 Webster]

4. A bow, esp. in the phrase to make a leg; probably from drawing the leg backward in bowing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks for a favor he never received. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

5. A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg. [Slang, Eng.] [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks. [1913 Webster]

7. (Steam Boiler) An extension of the boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; -- called also {water leg}. [1913 Webster]

8. (Grain Elevator) The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets. [1913 Webster]

9. (Cricket) A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter. [1913 Webster]

10. (Math.) Either side of a triangle distinguished from the base or, in a right triangle, from the hypotenuse; also, an indefinitely extending branch of a curve, as of a hyperbola. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

11. (Telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

12. (Elec.) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{A good leg} (Naut.), a course sailed on a tack which is near the desired course.

{Leg bail}, escape from custody by flight. [Slang]

{Legs of an hyperbola} (or other curve) (Geom.), the branches of the curve which extend outward indefinitely.

{Legs of a triangle}, the sides of a triangle; -- a name seldom used unless one of the sides is first distinguished by some appropriate term; as, the hypothenuse and two legs of a right-angled triangle.

{On one's legs}, standing to speak.

{On one's last legs}. See under {Last}.

{To have legs} (Naut.), to have speed.

{To stand on one's own legs}, to support one's self; to be independent. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • On one's last legs — Last Last (l[.a]st), a. [OE. last, latst, contr. of latest, superl. of late; akin to OS. lezt, lazt, last, D. laatst, G. letzt. See {Late}, and cf. {Latest}.] 1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on one's last legs — • on one s last legs • on its last legs at the end of someone/something s strength or usefulness I think that his old car is on its last legs …   Idioms and examples

  • on one's last legs — ► on one s last legs near the end of life, usefulness, or existence. Main Entry: ↑leg …   English terms dictionary

  • on one's last legs — {adj. phr.} Failing; near the end. * /The blacksmith s business is on its last legs./ * /The dog is old and sick. He is on his last legs./ Compare: ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, ON ONE S KNEES(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on one's last legs — {adj. phr.} Failing; near the end. * /The blacksmith s business is on its last legs./ * /The dog is old and sick. He is on his last legs./ Compare: ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, ON ONE S KNEES(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ one's\ last\ legs — adj. phr. Failing; near the end. The blacksmith s business is on its last legs. The dog is old and sick. He is on his last legs. Compare: one foot in the grave, on one s knees(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on one's last legs — See on its last legs …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • on one’s last legs — AND on its last legs od. about to expire or become nonfunctional. □ This car is on its last legs. We have to get a new one. □ Poor old Chuck is on his last legs …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • on one's last legs —    If you are on your last legs, you are in a very weak condition or about to die.     I was so sick that I felt as though I was on my last legs! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on one's last legs — phrasal at or near the end of one s resources ; on the verge of failure, exhaustion, or ruin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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