What Does The Phrase "Make A Leg" Mean?


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The phrase "make a leg" refers to the act of bowing or obeisance. It is believed that it comes from the act of drawing a leg slightly backward and bowing. This sort of bowing is most common after a theoretical performance or show. It was a form of curtsey that the paid by the performer to the audience when they applauded his or her performance. It implies the sense of being grateful for something. The bow is actually being more out of gratitude then any sense of respect due.

Examples of its use include, "the teacher advised the students at the drama class never to forget to make a leg when the curtains came down" or "his character was such that he would thankfully make a leg for favours that he did not receive intentionally".

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