Definition of dogleg in English:


(also dog-legged)


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

    • ‘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 at which the player cannot aim directly at the green from the tee.
      • ‘This is generally a strange layout with a mixture of tough holes, easy holes, blind greens, doglegs and even a Thai favourite par 6.’
      • ‘Maybe the Augusta National is right about wanting to toughen up some of the par-4 holes with more length and doglegs and bunkering.’
      • ‘The second hole was a long par 4, a dogleg to the right.’
      • ‘He designed a series of bunkers, a 22-foot fill, and a lake to the right of the 13th green, which prevents cutting off the dogleg.’
      • ‘A ‘Cape’ hole is a dogleg left or right where you drive over a diagonal water hazard and bite off as much as you think you can carry, or chew.’


  • Bent like a dog's hind leg.

    ‘the surf splashes over the dogleg concrete jetty’
    • ‘Extreme runways don't have to mean doglegged backcountry strips.’
    • ‘He had opened with four pars, and was one over for the tournament, when he stepped up to address the doglegged hole that forms the southernmost corner of this intimidating course.’

intransitive verbdoglegs, doglegging, doglegged

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  • Follow a sharply bending route.

    ‘Highway 60 now doglegs northwest toward Frankfort’
    • ‘Instead, Canadian policy doglegged to the left as the prime minister claimed he could only support a war that had United Nations backing.’
    • ‘Bayonet's design reflects that tendency, with a number of holes doglegging to the left.’
    • ‘Turn left from the car park to Station Road, and dog-leg across road to Mount Pleasant North.’
    • ‘Go straight on by the barn and immediately turn left, go 50 yards to the gate and dog-leg right across road.’
    • ‘Leave the main road at the right-hand bend, dog-leg to the path ahead, then go left steep uphill to the top corner of the field.’
    • ‘The path dog-legs then swings left downhill towards wood.’
    • ‘At the bend, go straight on to the track by the cottages, and dog-leg left then right to pass the barn.’
    • ‘Turn left at the T-junction after felled area, and 20 yards later dog-leg across the major track.’
    • ‘Go left to the field-edge path at the sewage works, then dog-leg left to the field-edge path.’
    • ‘The fairway doglegs to the left behind the trees, with the green, of course, out of sight.’
    • ‘The hole doglegs to the left, and there is an out of bounds up the right side.’
    • ‘The dugout doglegs radically right, then left, then right again.’
    • ‘Two or three blocks after you turn in, just past an absurd looking antique store at block's end, the road doglegs 90 degrees left while tracing the outskirts of town.’
    • ‘Four newly acquired acres allowed the club to stretch the par-4 17th to 495 yards, uphill and blind off the tee before it doglegs downhill to a green.’
    • ‘You follow doglegging lanes in a mountain village until you're convinced you're lost, only to suddenly realize that you're right back where you started.’



/ˈdäɡleɡ/ /ˈdɑɡlɛɡ/