leg·​work | \ ˈleg-ˌwərk How to pronounce legwork (audio) also ˈlāg- \

Definition of legwork

: active physical work (as in gathering information) that forms the basis of more creative or mentally exacting work (such as writing a book)

Examples of legwork in a Sentence

I wrote the article myself, but my assistant gathered the information and did most of the other legwork.
Recent Examples on the Web But the legwork seemed less about winning at trial than pressuring France. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Successfully finding a deal will require some legwork. Feras Moussa, Forbes, 3 May 2022 To properly ignite this chain of events, however, companies will have to put in some initial legwork. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 29 Oct. 2021 Despite their early legwork, nearly all of major 2024 contenders have been unable to definitively declare their ambitions due to one major setback: Trump. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 11 Dec. 2021 In the past, a background check could take weeks and a lot of legwork. cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 For entities already compliant with the new lease accounting standards (ASC 842, GASB 87, IFRS 16 and soon, GASB 96), much of the legwork for lease optimization has already taken place. Marc Betesh, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Buying a new furniture collection can happen with the swipe of a finger, but tracking down vintage pieces takes legwork. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2022 While this often creates a larger product offering without much legwork from the retailer, there is little to no regulation over the quality of products being listed. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of legwork

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legwork was in 1891

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6 Jun 2022

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“Legwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legwork. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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