dogleg

adjective
dog·leg | \ ˈdȯg-ˌleg , -ˌlāg \

Definition of dogleg 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: crooked or bent like a dog's hind leg a sharp dogleg bend in the fairway

dogleg

noun

Definition of dogleg (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : something having an abrupt angle

b : a sharp bend (as in a road)

2 : a golf hole having an angled fairway

dogleg

verb

Definition of dogleg (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to proceed along a dogleg course the single narrow street that doglegs through town —Russ Leadabrand

Examples of dogleg in a Sentence

Noun

a sharp dogleg to the left

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The finishing hole is one of the most visually intimidating holes on the PGA Tour​, a 494-yard dogleg left with an elevated tee and water all along the left side. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Wells Fargo Championship Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 2 May 2018 And the start/finish line will be moved to a wide stretch just before what's now known as the dogleg. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "ISM Raceway renovations: control tower demolished, construction hits homestretch," 30 May 2018 The par-3 12th and par-4 18th account for a good portion of those balls, as 12 has water all around the green and 18 is a dogleg left that has a hazard running along the left side the entire way. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 6 June 2018 Best Par 5: 9th hole The first par 5 on the course, this dogleg to the right is a nice birdie opportunity if players are able to place their drive safely past the trees on the right and the smattering of bunkers on the left. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Forest Park Golf Course," 18 May 2018 The Pete Dye handiwork and all of its humps, bumps, doglegs, sharp edges and H2O simply does not favor any player, so picking a winner is certainly not easy. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Players Championship: Here's our pick to win PGA Tour's flagship event," 9 May 2018 Races will start and finish near the track’s infamous dogleg in what is now turn two. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Phoenix area's ISM Raceway embarks on much needed modern facelift," 12 Mar. 2018 Stewart said, referring to the plan to shift the start/finish line from the current front straightaway to the dogleg. Michael Knight, azcentral, "NASCAR's Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick want more funding devoted to grassroots racing at ISM Raceway," 11 Mar. 2018 Reed's remaining task: par the uphill, dogleg right, 465-yard par-4 18th at Augusta National to win his first major. Barry Svrluga, Anchorage Daily News, "Reed wins the 2018 Masters, holds off Fowler, Spieth," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rather than doglegging, these startling twists come back around on their stories, deepening their mystery. Gabe Habash, latimes.com, "Superb storytelling is packed into Thomas McGuane's essential new collection, 'Cloudbursts'," 2 Mar. 2018 Suddenly, downtown’s grand old shopping district that doglegged from Houston Street to Joske’s on Alamo Plaza was looking old-fashioned, despite the convenient bus that shuttled customers to stores for just 5 cents. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "North Star Mall marked 50th anniversary in 2010," 7 Jan. 2018 Current projections suggest that Hurricane Irma will dogleg right toward Florida this weekend, putting the state’s lengthy shoreline squarely in its path. Eric Roston, Bloomberg.com, "Florida’s Beaches Await Irma’s Erosion Wrath," 7 Sep. 2017 Finally, there is the challenge of the route itself, which juts and weaves and doglegs with exhausting regularity. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "The Wreck of Amtrak 188," 26 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of dogleg

Adjective

1671, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1940, in the meaning defined above

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dogleg

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dogleg

: a place where a road, golf course, etc., bends or turns sharply

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