Main meanings of leg-breaking in English

: leg-breaking1leg-breaking2

leg-breaking1

Pronunciation /ˈlɛɡˌbreɪkɪŋ/

noun

  • The action or act of breaking a person's or animal's leg or legs; the act of breaking one's leg.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Belle Assemblée. From leg + breaking.

Main meanings of leg-breaking in English

: leg-breaking1leg-breaking2

leg-breaking2

Pronunciation /ˈlɛɡˌbreɪkɪŋ/

adjective

  • That breaks or is liable to break a leg or legs. Also in extended use: arduous; treacherous.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Colton (1797–1851). Partly from leg + breaking, and partly from leg break + -ing.