three-legged race


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other events over the course of the weekend include a boat parade and a traditional parade, contests like a three-legged race, tug-of-war and a Blackwater Railroad Company pop-up show at 4 p.m. Monday. Naomi Stock, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2022 But as you haven’t been introduced to this guy, let your girlfriend show him the ropes — to take this rodeo metaphor to its dusty death. Challenge them to a three-legged race. Anna Pulley,, 19 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Three-legged race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

three-legged race

: a race between pairs of competitors with each partner having one leg tied to the adjoining leg of the other partner
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