on one's last legs
phrasal at or near the end of one's resources ; on the verge of failure, exhaustion, or ruin

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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 — I. phrasal : at or near the end of one s resources : on the verge of failure, exhaustion, or ruin the old car was on its last legs II. phrasal : near death, extinction, or defeat looking like he was on his last legs J.T.Farrell …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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