a leg to stand on
phrasal support; especially a basis for one's position in a controversy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • A Leg to Stand On — is a book written by the neurologist Oliver Sacks based on his own experience of losing the control of his legs after an accident.External links* [http://www.oliversacks.com/leg.htm Oliver Sacks: A Leg to Stand On] …   Wikipedia

  • a leg to stand on — phrasal : support; especially : a basis for one s position in a controversy usually used in the negative would not have a leg to stand on in his defiance A.L.Hammond he had no legal legs to stand on Spectator …   Useful english dictionary

  • a leg to stand on — idi factual support for one s claims or arguments …   From formal English to slang

  • not have a leg to stand on — to have no support for your position. The company settled the lawsuit because they did not have a leg to stand on …   New idioms dictionary

  • not have a leg to stand on — To have no case at all • • • Main Entry: ↑leg * * * not have a leg to stand on informal phrase to not have any way of proving that you are right about something When it comes to centralism, the UK government doesn’t have a leg to stand on.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not have a leg to stand on — (not) have a leg to stand on to be in a situation where you cannot prove something. The problem is, if you don t have a witness, you don t have a leg to stand on. I haven t even got the receipt to prove where I bought it, so I don t have a leg to …   New idioms dictionary

  • have a leg to stand on — (not) have a leg to stand on to be in a situation where you cannot prove something. The problem is, if you don t have a witness, you don t have a leg to stand on. I haven t even got the receipt to prove where I bought it, so I don t have a leg to …   New idioms dictionary

  • not have a leg to stand on — ► to not have any way of supporting your opinion or defending your position on something: »The State Department doesn t have a leg to stand on if it s going to contradict its own analysis. Main Entry: ↑leg …   Financial and business terms

  • not have a leg to stand on — ► not have a leg to stand on have no sound justification for one s arguments or actions. Main Entry: ↑leg …   English terms dictionary

  • not a leg to stand on — {n. phr.}, {informal} No good proof or excuse; no good evidence or defense to offer. * /The man with a gun and $300 in his pocket was accused of robbing an oil station. He did not have a leg to stand on./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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