Definition of leg rope in English:

leg rope

noun

Australian, NZ
  • 1(in surfing) a rope attached to a surfboard and tied to the surfer's ankle to prevent the board being washed away by the surf.

    ‘he paddled out into the long slow swells, and took off his leg rope’
    • ‘One of the best things to happen to surfing did, however, happened in 1973, when surfer Jack O'Neill invented the leash, or leg rope.’
    • ‘Wear a leg rope at all times - the last thing you want to do is lose your board and put others in danger.’
    • ‘He managed to flag down a passing boat after he became tangled with his leg rope and was having trouble keeping his head above water.’
    • ‘He was able to fight off the shark before paddling back to shore where he used his surfboard's leg rope as a compress to stop the bleeding.’
    • ‘Surfers yelled at him to free his leg rope as his surfboard was caught under rocks in 3m swells.’
    • ‘The leg rope allows people to fall off surfboards without having to swim to shore to retrieve rock-damaged foam and fibreglass.’
    • ‘The man immediately went to the aid of his son, helping him back to shore, where he administered first aid, using his surfboard leg rope as a tourniquet.’
    • ‘His fellow competitor snapped his leg rope and was genuinely in a bit of trouble in the rough seas.’
    • ‘He suffered severe head trauma when a stray board, whose owner was not wearing a leg rope, smashed into the back of his head fracturing his skull.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, one time I got my leg rope wrapped around my whole body like a ball, under water.’
    • ‘There's not really a lot of equipment involved in surfing, but one item that may prove to be invaluable to you is the leash or leg rope.’
  • 2A rope used to secure an animal by one hind leg.

    ‘those cows renowned for kicking had a leg rope put on them’
    • ‘The cows were baled individually and then I had to bend down behind them and fit a leg rope to the cow's leg, just above the hoof.’
    • ‘Tess, who twice daily milked eight or ten cows that stood placidly for her in the field, unrestrained by bail or leg-rope, also helped in butter and cheese making.’
    • ‘Run the leg rope from the right ankle up over the horse's back.’
    • ‘The hind leg rope is always a bit longer than the front leg rope.’
    • ‘She was a champion at putting her foot in the bucket of fresh milk when it was half full, so eventually we had to employ the use of a leg rope.’