[leg-wurk] /ˈlɛgˌwɜrk/

or research involving extensive walking or traveling about, usually away from one’s office, as in gathering data for a book, a legal action, etc.
action of the as executed by an athlete, dancer, etc.
(informal) work that involves travelling on foot or as if on foot

1891, from leg (n.) + work (n.). Originally news reporter slang for an assignment that produced more walking than text.

noun phrase

Peripatetic work done outside the office: I figured Wendell must be somewhere close, and I did a little legwork (1891+ Newspaper office)


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