A leg is one of the two lower limbs that help us to walk. The plural is ‘legs’.

leg idioms list

Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘leg’.

  • break a leg
    meaning – good luck
    example – You’re well prepared for the interview. I’m sure you will get the job, break a leg.
  • cost an arm and a leg
    meaning – be very expensive
    example – We won’t be going to that Italian again. It costs an arm and a leg, and the menu is basic.
  • give someone a leg
    meaning – up help someone achieve something
    example – My parents gave me a leg up so I could buy my first house.
  • haven’t got a leg to stand on
    meaning – have no proof/evidence to justify your actions
    example – The key witness has arrived, the suspect doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
  • legwork
    meaning – long boring tasks that have to be done as part of a job
    example – Mia has done all the legwork. She’s gathered 2000 reports and put them on a spreadsheet.
  • on one’s last legs
    meaning – very weak/ about to die
    example – My washing machine is on its last legs, I need a new one.
  • pull someone’s leg
    meaning – playfully joke/tease someone
    example – You’re pregnant? Please tell me you’re pulling my leg.
  • sea legs
    meaning – keep your balance and not feel sick on a moving ship
    example – I can’t go on a cruise; I haven’t got sea legs.
  • talk the hind leg off a donkey
    meaning – someone who talks a lot/for a long time
    example – I hate Andrew’s meetings, they last hours. That man could talk the hind leg off a donkey.

leg idioms list with pictures

Here’s some real life picture examples.

idiomatic expressions with body parts - leg
cost an arm and a leg meaning
leg idioms in English - break a leg meaning
common leg idioms - give someone a leg up meaning
leg idioms list - haven't got a leg to stand on
leg idioms in English - legwork meaning
leg idioms and expressions -on one’s last legs
leg idioms and expressions - pull someone's leg meaning
common leg idioms - sea legs
leg idioms list - talk the hind leg off a donkey meaning

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