make a leg

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make a leg

  1. (idiomatic, Britain) To make a deep bow with the right leg drawn back.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, act 3, scene 3:
      King Richard II: What must the king do now? must he submit? . . .
      What says King Bolingbroke? will his majesty
      Give Richard leave to live till Richard die?
      You make a leg, and Bolingbroke says ay.
    • 1870, Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, chapter 18:
      "I beg pardon," said Mr. Datchery, making a leg with his hat under his arm, as he addressed himself equally to both gentlemen.
    • 1880, R. D. Blackmore, Mary Anerley: A Yorkshire Tale, chapter 26:
      "Father, return thanks; make a leg—no man can do it better. Master Mordacks, you shall have our utmost duty."