Definition of legwork in English:



  • [mass noun] Work that involves much travelling about to collect information, especially when such work is difficult but boring.

    ‘why don't we just hire a flunky and get him to do the legwork for us?’
    • ‘Josh Claybourn, one of the founders of ITA, figured it was probably a fake and did a lot of legwork to try and find out for sure.’
    • ‘To get access to school bonds, you have to do a lot of legwork.’
    • ‘However, many of the websites that charge a fee will do this legwork for you.’
    • ‘Finding a mental health provider takes some legwork.’
    • ‘If you are interested in pursuing this, let me know and I'll do some additional legwork.’
    • ‘Of course, you can search for a sales rep or distributor yourself, but he prepared for a lot of legwork.’
    • ‘Finding the mechanic took some legwork, but Patroni found the man and his garage.’
    • ‘I know, I completely rely on other people to do all the real legwork.’
    • ‘It takes determination, organization, and a lot of legwork - and that's just the beginning.’
    • ‘Little legwork was required in this instance, though.’
    • ‘No matter where you travel, however, there are free events and activities that just take a little planning and legwork to find.’
    • ‘The old Bulgarian Ministry of Trade and Tourism was helpful in the past but there is still a lot of legwork for him to do.’
    • ‘With only a fraction of their financial firepower, he and his volunteers will have a lot of legwork to do.’
    • ‘That will require a lot of legwork, he cautioned.’
    • ‘But such legwork does far more than inform them of what their co-medium is thinking.’
    • ‘You'll need to do some legwork to see what sort of schools fall into your savings range.’
    • ‘If you have your own set of burning questions, you will have to do your own legwork, so to speak.’
    • ‘However, they hope the preliminary legwork will pay off.’
    • ‘Have today's journalists removed themselves from doing the proper legwork?’
    • ‘And it proved that if you are prepared to put in a bit of legwork and be brazen enough to ask, you really can get some reasonable bargains.’
    preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, preparatory measures, basic work, spadework, legwork, hard work, donkey work, hack work
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