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 Making sure every last dose is used requires legwork, said Harris. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "'Don't waste vaccine!' After early confusion, experts say it's always better to use leftover shots than toss them.," 20 Feb. 2021 Gill portrayed himself as an individual investor who did his legwork on GameStop. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Robinhood CEO, hedge fund execs defend their role in GameStop frenzy," 19 Feb. 2021 Rivers began the legwork in 2019 by devoting time and resources from the bank and its foundation toward early childhood education causes. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Business executives band together to promote early childhood programs," 8 Feb. 2021 The brilliance of having half a dozen other people do all the creative legwork for something and then just putting your name on it? Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Tamisha Said I Had Potential," 15 Jan. 2021 While the deal became official Thursday morning, the legwork began months ago. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ rebuild plan comes into focus with Jarrett Allen trade that was ‘too good to pass up’," 15 Jan. 2021 Now, though, airlines are doing the planning and legwork to get some of their birds back in the air. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "The pandemic has upended Alaska flight schedules. If you travel next year, plan accordingly.," 19 Dec. 2020 Do the legwork, find lender options, and make a list of all features and rates. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best student loan refinancing," 22 Dec. 2020 But disease detective Daniel Lucey says there are indications China has already completed considerable legwork. Larry Mullin, National Geographic, "The WHO is hunting for the coronavirus’s origins. Here are the new details.," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Legwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legwork. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of legwork

: the active physical work that is involved in doing something

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