three-legged race


Definition of three-legged race 

: a race between pairs of competitors with each pair having their adjacent legs bound together

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Highlights include a blueberry pie eating contest, a corn hole tournament, a three-legged race, and performances by Brandy, Four on the Floor, Haywire, and the Reading Community Concert Band. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler,, "Where to have fun for the Fourth," 27 June 2018 Family activities such as hula hoop contests and three-legged races will be available to the public, as well as several different food vendors. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Elk-calling contests. Fried chicken. And of course, fireworks. Your July 4 guide in SW Idaho," 27 June 2018 Kim and Leno, in fact, have run a kind of three-legged race, urging their supporters to list the other candidate as their second choice. Trapper Byrne, San Francisco Chronicle, "Election 2018: Bay Area voters, this is your guide to a jam-packed primary," 4 June 2018 At some summer camps, the boys and girls will be skipping the campfire songs and three-legged races. Jane Hodges, WSJ, "What I Did at Summer Camp: Stocks and Personal Finance!," 3 June 2018 Instead, there’s a three-legged race, a water balloon toss, impromptu dance-offs. Catherine Rentz,, "'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists," 18 May 2018 Make both subtle and overt jokes about the perks of threesomes—more people to high five afterward, how fun three-legged races are, and so on. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: All the bisexual questions," 29 May 2017 Set up a relay course around trees, pair up for three-legged races, or draw out a hopscotch court on the pavement. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "3 Cheap Ways to Have Fun on the Holiday Weekend," 25 May 2011 North Carolina’s Luke Maye launched it in desperation and off-balance, with all of the grace of a grandpa galumphing through a three-legged race. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball is finding its level, and it's lower | Tim Sullivan," 18 Feb. 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-legged race was in 1872

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English Language Learners Definition of three-legged race

: a race in which two people run together with one person's left leg tied to the other person's right leg

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