Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

shake a leg

Definition of shake a leg

informal

  1. :  to go or move quickly <You'd better shake a leg if you don't want to be late for work.> —often used as a command <Shake a leg! You're going to be late!>



Word by Word Definitions

shakeplay
  1. :  to move irregularly to and fro

    :  to vibrate especially as the result of a blow or shock

    :  to tremble as a result of physical or emotional disturbance

  1. : :  an act of shaking: as

    :  an act of shaking hands

    :  an act of shaking oneself

  1. : :  a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: as

    :  one of the paired vertebrate limbs that in bipeds extend from the top of the thigh to the foot

    :  the part of such a limb between the knee and foot

  1. :  to use the legs in walking

    :  run

  1. : legal

    : legato

    : legislative; legislature


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up shake a leg? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to manage or play awkwardly

Get Word of the Day daily email!