Meaning | Synonyms
- an informal way of telling someone to run in order to evade capture
- telling someone to go away (used as an interjection)
- to get somewhere quickly
- to use your legs to get from one place to another
- to run very fast – to escape from somebody
- We were trespassing on their property. When the alarm went off we had to leg it or we would be caught.
- When you hear someone coming give us a signal and we will leg it.
- You should not be here! Leg it!
- We better leg it or we are not going to make it home before curfew.
- We have five minutes before class starts, we will have to leg it or we will be late.
- I do not have a car, so if I want to get anywhere I have to leg it.
The origin of the phrase is not known. It is possibly related to the fact that you need to use your legs in the absence of a better option.
The word leg has been used since the 1200s. It related to the lower appendage of a person of animal.
It has been used in this context, meaning “to use the legs, to walk or run” since the 1500s.