leg·work | \ˈleg-ˌwərk 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.

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Experts say the effort can pay off, but be prepared to invest some legwork and even some money in the pursuit of a lower tax bill. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "New tax law: Steps to cut property tax are worth effort, money after SALT cap," 20 Mar. 2018 Just had to hit a lot of putts, just put in the legwork. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "With his yacht Privacy nearby, Tiger peacefully seeks to get putter going for U.S. Open," 12 June 2018 It is left to the caddies and the players to do their own legwork and fill in the blanks. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "At the Masters, Low-Tech Data Still Rules," 7 Apr. 2018 The legwork began two years ago when Hartford Sports Group began working to put a pro soccer team in Dillon Stadium. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Plans For Hartford USL Soccer Team Begin To Take Shape, Announcement Planned This Week," 9 July 2018 The 30-year-old South Side native began the legwork to start her own nonprofit to help fatherless girls. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'I want to celebrate the new us': Chicago woman to throw party for postpartum moms," 29 June 2018 Amazon In 2016, the deals got better, but smart shoppers still had to do some legwork to separate the good buys from the bad. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime Day 2018: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza," 2 July 2018 With the court clearly imposing a warrant standard, police just have to do a little more legwork ahead of time, but getting a warrant is not difficult. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court surveillance opinion nudges us to think nationally, act locally," 24 June 2018 Depending on how much legwork American industries can do to supply domestic steel and aluminum, prices for items that use the metals (cars, appliances and construction equipment, to name a few) could go up. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things for June 1: Presidential pardons, tariffs, Samantha Bee," 1 June 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legwork was in 1891

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: the active physical work that is involved in doing something

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