three-legged race


Definition of three-legged race

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

Examples of three-legged race in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two men navigated the terrain in a way that some observers compared to a three-legged race. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 The event, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Parr Park, 3010 Parr Lane, will include activities such as a three-legged race, sponge toss, sack races and tug of war. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 6 May 2021 At the 1992 Town Picnic in Chernobyl, Ukraine, the three-legged race was won for the first time by a single person. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2020 Would his smile be intact for a blindfolded three-legged race hosted by Mila Kunis in episode two? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 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, 3 July 2019 Throw a summer party with old-fashioned games, including three-legged races, horseshoes and sack races. Arizona Republic, azcentral, 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,, 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, 27 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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5 Jan 2022

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“Three-legged race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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