Definition of legman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈleɡman/ /ˈlɛɡmæn/

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  • 1A person employed to do simple tasks such as running errands or collecting information from outside their workplace.

    ‘In effect, however, they are acting as legmen for organized crime, which has turned southern Africa's stolen scrap into a lucrative industry.’
    • ‘Spotters trolled the city for pregnant women, and contacts or legmen approached pregnant women who seemed in need of help.’
    • ‘There's a detective agency with an unusual boss and even stranger legmen.’
    • ‘He starred along with J.T. Terlesky (later calling himself John) as college students looking for some extra income and excitement by hiring themselves out as legmen to a bail bondsman played for two episodes by Don Calfa and after that by Claude Akins.’
    • ‘Wolfe needs Fritz, I feel, more than he needs Theodore, or you, the legman.’
    1. 1.1North American A reporter whose job it is to gather information about news stories at the scene of the event or from an original source.
      ‘Rick Bragg flew to cities where he collected clips and the work of legmen, but often did little or no reporting on his own.’
      • ‘Telephones were brand new, allowing legmen to call in the details to rewrite and get the story into the paper within minutes.’
      • ‘He works closely with reporters, trading sources and information and using them as legmen.’
      • ‘Fed by press agents, tipsters, legmen and ghost writers, he possessed the extraordinary ability to make a Broadway show a hit, create overnight celebrities; enhance or destroy a political career.’
      • ‘For the writer without a personal legman, there are other options.’