One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Near the end of life, usefulness, or existence.‘the foundry business was on its last legs’
dilapidated, worn out, rickety, about to break, about to fall apart, about to collapseabout to fail, failing, about to go bankrupt, near to ruin, going to the wallView synonyms
- ‘The Germans were supposed to be on their last legs.’
- ‘But I caught a bit of his press conference today, and crikey, if that was him on his last legs, imagine how he must have been as a younger man!’
- ‘The guy looked like he was on his last legs, moving into court very slowly.’
- ‘If they were ninety and on their last legs, I might understand it, but these are barely out of their teens.’
- ‘And now that their father appears to be on his last legs, the girls are rarely off their mobiles.’
- ‘There wasn't much left in it - the tomatoes, the peppers and some marigolds - and most plants were on their last legs.’
- ‘‘These guys were on their last legs,’ Officer McGarry said.’
- ‘The latest ratings have aroused claims that reality television shows are on their last legs.’
- ‘Media observers are suggesting that reality television shows are on their last legs and will soon be making way for the next trend.’
- ‘Despite its 101 years of age, the building is in no danger of falling down, but its services are on their last legs.’
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