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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Recent Examples on the Web At the 1992 Town Picnic in Chernobyl, Ukraine, the three-legged race was won for the first time by a single person. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1403: Who was that masked man?," 24 Sep. 2020 Would his smile be intact for a blindfolded three-legged race hosted by Mila Kunis in episode two? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Peter Weber’s Face Is Fine, in Case You Were Wondering," 22 Oct. 2019 Pioneer Park Fourth of July Celebration — Visit Pioneer Park for a day of live music, outdoor games, bubbles, a three-legged race, face painting and more. Anchorage Daily News, "Independence Day 2019 events around Alaska," 3 July 2019 Throw a summer party with old-fashioned games, including three-legged races, horseshoes and sack races. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of three-legged race

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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“Three-legged race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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three-legged race


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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