show a leg

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Supposedly originated in the 19th century Royal Navy as a waking call[1].

Verb[edit]

show a leg

  1. (idiomatic, nautical) To wake up and get out of bed. (Used mostly in the imperative).
    Show a leg or you're going to be late.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Maritime Museum [1]