Definition of dogleg in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdäɡleɡ/


1A thing that bends sharply, in particular a sharp bend in a road or route.
Example sentences
  • On its initial try, the plane was unable to get airborne after a long run of five or six miles over the dog-leg course curving around the two bays.
  • The creek pulled a dog-leg bend around the point of land where the rock stood, and the fly-caster was out of sight behind the heavy brush.
  • I suppose the moral of this story is that we need to learn how to navigate in dog-legs around such obstacles.
1.1 Golf A hole at which the player cannot aim directly at the green from the tee.
Example sentences
  • This is generally a strange layout with a mixture of tough holes, easy holes, blind greens, doglegs and even a Thai favourite par 6.
  • Maybe the Augusta National is right about wanting to toughen up some of the par-4 holes with more length and doglegs and bunkering.
  • The second hole was a long par 4, a dogleg to the right.


(also dog-legged)
Bent like a dog’s hind leg: the surf splashes over the dogleg concrete jetty
More example sentences
  • Extreme runways don't have to mean doglegged backcountry strips.
  • He had opened with four pars, and was one over for the tournament, when he stepped up to address the doglegged hole that forms the southernmost corner of this intimidating course.

verb (doglegs, doglegging, doglegged)

[no object]
Follow a sharply bending route: Highway 60 now doglegs northwest toward Frankfort
More example sentences
  • Instead, Canadian policy doglegged to the left as the prime minister claimed he could only support a war that had United Nations backing.
  • Bayonet's design reflects that tendency, with a number of holes doglegging to the left.
  • Turn left from the car park to Station Road, and dog-leg across road to Mount Pleasant North.

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Syllabification: dog·leg

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