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Definition of dead leg in English:


1An injury caused by a numbing blow with the knee to a person’s upper leg: the striker was taken off with a dead leg
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  • Tom Kelly has had a difficult year with a succession of injuries ruling him out of a number of games with a recurring dead leg, a shoulder injury and more recently a rib problem.
  • I didn't like him very much coz he was always creeping up behind you and giving you a dead leg with his knee, and stealing stuff from your desk and that kind of thing.
  • Nick Walne and Shaun James are both suffering from shoulder injuries while Nick Robinson has a dead leg with just a 50-50 chance of playing.
2A length of pipe running from a hot water cylinder to the hot taps.
Example sentences
  • This is usually explained by the presence of sulfur-reducing bacteria in a "dead leg" in the plumbing system.
  • Dead legs and poorly drained internal valve surfaces represent places where a product or chemicals may undesirably pool.
  • The new Markwik range of thermostatic mixers eliminate the possible dead leg of warm water between the thermostat and the tap.


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(dead-leg) [with object] informal Give (someone) a numbing blow to the upper leg with one’s knee: Mucker dead-legged him and Andy groaned, sinking to one knee
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  • The other day, I was dead-legged the hardest I have ever been dead-legged before, the pain hurt so much, I nearly passed out.
  • So he dead-legged me and I fell down crying too.
  • The principal handcuffed him, walked him inside, and dead-legged him.
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