Definition of dog-leg in English:



  • 1A thing that bends sharply, in particular a sharp bend in a road or route.

    as modifier ‘they took us through a dog-leg cave’
    • ‘On its initial try, the plane was unable to get airborne after a long run of five or six miles over the dog-leg course curving around the two bays.’
    • ‘The creek pulled a dog-leg bend around the point of land where the rock stood, and the fly-caster was out of sight behind the heavy brush.’
    • ‘I suppose the moral of this story is that we need to learn how to navigate in dog-legs around such obstacles.’
    • ‘There's a dog-leg in the house at the north end, forming a quiet place the wind doesn't bother with and, sure enough, there they all were.’
    • ‘The route continues across open ground to reach a small stand of conifers before the northern tip of the reservoir and its dog-leg shape.’
    • ‘Castle Street's dog-leg bend will be straightened out to meet with Caroline Street and the resulting redundant area will then be turned into parking bays for future residents.’
    • ‘A dramatic dog-leg external ramp linking the ground and first floor levels runs across the glazed west wall of the drawing room.’
    • ‘Alas, the dog-leg bolt handle has been replaced, and the Model Seven's bottom metal is steel not plastic.’
    • ‘An intimate tangle of dog-leg lanes led me on, to find the Priuli Fountain squeezed between a modern block of flats and a tottery old house with an overhanging Turkish upper storey.’
    • ‘The main arm that holds the glider now has a 45 degree dog-leg, which allows us to keep the arm further away from the face of the person trying the simulator.’
    • ‘That darn dog-leg shape of the State is the real source of our financial woes.’
    • ‘Right when the thing started to take off, I ran over something with the right front, going through the dogleg.’
    • ‘After the 2003 IndyCar Series race, officials at Phoenix International Raceway extended the Turn 2 wall outward, making the dogleg on the backstretch less pronounced.’
    • ‘We flew a descending, slowing figure eight to an uphill sloping runway, with tall trees at the approach end and a dogleg to the right.’
    • ‘Gurney moved the kitchen out of a dogleg at the back of the house and into the middle of the first floor, and he relocated the front stairwell into the dogleg.’
    • ‘The only difference is a dogleg to the west along the Musselshell River then north to Lewistown as opposed to a straight line between Roundup and Lewistown.’
    • ‘The fighter escort was informed that we were at our rendezvous point and that we would do a navigational dogleg to allow them to catch up to us.’
    • ‘Equally effective is the varied treatment of the stairwells between office wings and spine: one is a spiral, the second has two skewed flights, the third is a dogleg.’
    • ‘There's a lot of room on the exit of Turn 2, especially since they moved the wall out, so you can pick the back straightaway through the doglegs.’
    • ‘Where the ramps angle, holes are created that allow light to pass through the house from a skylight that matches the shape, dimension, and positioning of the ramp doglegs.’
    bend, corner, angle, dog-leg, crook, twist, turn, curve, loop, zigzag
    1. 1.1Golf A hole where the fairway has a bend.
      as modifier ‘this hole is a dog-leg par-4 with a water hazard on the right’
      • ‘She atoned for the lapse with a winning par five at the dog-leg sixth but two holes later Caroline levelled only to trail again after bogeying the 10th.’
      • ‘One of Augusta's flagship holes, the dog-leg par-five 13th, has undergone the smallest change.’
      • ‘Mrs Wilson added: ‘Even though it is a short course it has a bit of a dog-leg.’’
      • ‘Greed on the 7th means whipping the biggest stick from your bag and cutting the backside off the dog-leg; get it right and it might be birdie-time but get it wrong…’
      • ‘He'd blown a three-shot lead after cutting his second at the around-the-corner eighth into the bush which guards the elbow of this dog-leg.’