have legs

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Runners at the 2014 London Marathon


have legs

  1. (idiomatic) To have endurance; to have prospects to exist or go on for a long time.
    • 2007, Pete Williams, How to Turn Your Million Dollar Idea Into a Reality (from the Man who Sold the MCG), Milton, Qld.: Wrightbooks, ISBN 978-0-7314-0575-6, page 68:
      Your plan will tell you if your idea has legs and is viable.
    • 2011, Larry Garrison; Wallace Wang, Breaking Into Acting for Dummies[1], New York, N.Y.: Wiley Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7645-5446-9:
      The longer a film plays (which, in show business terms, means that the film has legs), the more the theater gradually earns from ticket sales.
  2. (nautical) To have speed.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see have,‎ legs.