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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
Leg, n.1 Also: legg(e, lege, laig, lag(e, leig, lig, lig(g)e, lyg(e, lyig and Ledge. [ME. leg (14th c.), pl. legges (c 1275), ON. legg-r leg, limb.]
1. A person's or an animal's leg, also a representation of one (as in heraldry).(a) 1391 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 379.
The land … called Lurgyndaspok, that is to say the Bischapis Leg 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 149.
To be logouris to the King, the tyme his leg wes sayre 1540 Lynd. Sat. 915.
Thairs nocht sic ane leg in al this land 1578 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 78.
Wounding of him in his rycht hand leg 1623 Crim. Trials III. 556.
Be drawing hir … bakward and fordward be the leg 1627 Justiciary Cases I. 68.
His left leg and knie thairof 1627 Forbes Eubulus viii. 152.
A man hath the goare in his legge 1692 Presb. Eloq. (ed. 2) 66.
Thy leg to my leg, and we shall hough down Bellarmine even nowpl. 1456 Hay II. 158/16.
As the last party … is the leggis c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 133.
Ȝit leit I neuer that larbar my leggis ga betuene Ib. xxvi. 38.
Thair leggis [M. laiggis] wer chenȝeit to the heill 1538 Lynd. Justing 28.
Howbeit thou thinkis my leggis lyke rokkis 1567 Sat. P. iii. 70.
To dance … With leggis lycht 1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Georgics iii. 53.
From the choukis to the leggis a1578 Pitsc. I. 294/29.
Hocht of his legis Ib. II. 17/16.
Weill braint in legis and armes, weill schoulderit(b) 14.. Poem on Heraldry in Loutfut MS. (E.E.T.S., 1869) 100/168.
Thire be also raschit, as lege or heid a1578 Pitsc. I. 258/13.
Ane man … with … ane pair of bottouns on his feit to the great of his lege 1615 Highland P. III. 182.
Where Caiptane Crafwrd … was shoat in the small of the lege and … had his lege cut of be the knie 1666 Lanark Presb. 106.
That shoe rostit ane lege of the devill everie day(c) 1575 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 124.
To … cure Thomas Gardner … of his brokin laig 1600-1610 Melvill 21.
[He] strak him selff a deipe wound in the schin of the lag 1705–6 Melville Corr. 197.
The Duke of Queensberry's lage continows stile so ill that [etc.](d) 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 64.
Thai began to bait the fyre, sometimes to his buttokes, sometimes to his leiges 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 291.
Thai wald bring the fische betuix thair leigis Ib. 304.
Hurt … in baith thair leigis(e) 1535 Prestwick B. Rec. 54.
The said hyrd brak ane kow lyg 1657 Balfour Ann. I. 203.
Sentenced to haue a waine in his lyge oppinid 1615 Inverness Rec. II. 136.
Stricking of him with ane durck throw the brain of the lyig 1679 Sheriffhall Coal Accompt 4 Oct.
For mending ane brokene ligge to ane of the workmen 1683 Ib. 24 Mar.
c. comb. : see Bare-leg a.
d. Short for Leg-dollour n. 1673 Lauder Jrnl. 269.
The nixt money I brok upon was 52 dollars wheirof 31 of them ware legs 1687 Haigs of Bemersyde 331.
To Daick, … a rexdollar and halfe a legg, which is £04. 06. 0 1688 Sc. N. & Q. 1st Ser. III. 39.
From Robert Davidson 9 rix dollars and ane leg quhich he had received from Dantzick
2. a. ? A bar or pole used as a support or prop. 1553–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 119.
The expensis … on the bigging of the Schoir of Leyth … .Item, for ane draucht of laiggis fra the Borromure to the schoir iij s. vj d. 1563–4 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun (S.R.S.) 138.
Sex pece of curtenis of lynnyng with the leggis … ane pair of curtenis … with the leggis
b. A fixed support or ‘leg’ (as of a piece of furniture). c. See Kye-lig n.Also, a fixed support or pile of a bridge.(1) 1616 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 19.
For ane grit ferr jeist to David Andersoun the plumber to be leggis to his muild(2) 1559 Peebles B. Rec. I. 254.
The tre briggis and legis of Peblis brig to be mendit ... now quhill the watter is litill
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