Definition of dogleg in US English:



  • 1A thing that bends sharply, in particular a sharp bend in a road or route.

    • ‘That darn dog-leg shape of the State is the real source of our financial woes.’
    • ‘A dramatic dog-leg external ramp linking the ground and first floor levels runs across the glazed west wall of the drawing room.’
    • ‘Right when the thing started to take off, I ran over something with the right front, going through the dogleg.’
    • ‘On its initial try, the plane was unable to get airborne after a long run of five or six miles over the dog-leg course curving around the two bays.’
    • ‘The fighter escort was informed that we were at our rendezvous point and that we would do a navigational dogleg to allow them to catch up to us.’
    • ‘There's a lot of room on the exit of Turn 2, especially since they moved the wall out, so you can pick the back straightaway through the doglegs.’
    • ‘After the 2003 IndyCar Series race, officials at Phoenix International Raceway extended the Turn 2 wall outward, making the dogleg on the backstretch less pronounced.’
    • ‘Gurney moved the kitchen out of a dogleg at the back of the house and into the middle of the first floor, and he relocated the front stairwell into the dogleg.’
    • ‘Alas, the dog-leg bolt handle has been replaced, and the Model Seven's bottom metal is steel not plastic.’
    • ‘I suppose the moral of this story is that we need to learn how to navigate in dog-legs around such obstacles.’
    • ‘Equally effective is the varied treatment of the stairwells between office wings and spine: one is a spiral, the second has two skewed flights, the third is a dogleg.’
    • ‘Where the ramps angle, holes are created that allow light to pass through the house from a skylight that matches the shape, dimension, and positioning of the ramp doglegs.’
    • ‘There's a dog-leg in the house at the north end, forming a quiet place the wind doesn't bother with and, sure enough, there they all were.’
    • ‘The creek pulled a dog-leg bend around the point of land where the rock stood, and the fly-caster was out of sight behind the heavy brush.’
    • ‘Castle Street's dog-leg bend will be straightened out to meet with Caroline Street and the resulting redundant area will then be turned into parking bays for future residents.’
    • ‘The only difference is a dogleg to the west along the Musselshell River then north to Lewistown as opposed to a straight line between Roundup and Lewistown.’
    • ‘The main arm that holds the glider now has a 45 degree dog-leg, which allows us to keep the arm further away from the face of the person trying the simulator.’
    • ‘An intimate tangle of dog-leg lanes led me on, to find the Priuli Fountain squeezed between a modern block of flats and a tottery old house with an overhanging Turkish upper storey.’
    • ‘We flew a descending, slowing figure eight to an uphill sloping runway, with tall trees at the approach end and a dogleg to the right.’
    • ‘The route continues across open ground to reach a small stand of conifers before the northern tip of the reservoir and its dog-leg shape.’
    bend, corner, angle, dog-leg, crook, twist, turn, curve, loop, zigzag
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    1. 1.1Golf A hole at which the player cannot aim directly at the green from the tee.
      • ‘A ‘Cape’ hole is a dogleg left or right where you drive over a diagonal water hazard and bite off as much as you think you can carry, or chew.’
      • ‘The second hole was a long par 4, a dogleg to the right.’
      • ‘Maybe the Augusta National is right about wanting to toughen up some of the par-4 holes with more length and doglegs and bunkering.’
      • ‘He designed a series of bunkers, a 22-foot fill, and a lake to the right of the 13th green, which prevents cutting off the dogleg.’
      • ‘This is generally a strange layout with a mixture of tough holes, easy holes, blind greens, doglegs and even a Thai favourite par 6.’


  • Bent like a dog's hind leg.

    ‘the surf splashes over the dogleg concrete jetty’
    • ‘Extreme runways don't have to mean doglegged backcountry strips.’
    • ‘He had opened with four pars, and was one over for the tournament, when he stepped up to address the doglegged hole that forms the southernmost corner of this intimidating course.’


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  • Follow a sharply bending route.

    ‘Highway 60 now doglegs northwest toward Frankfort’
    • ‘Go left to the field-edge path at the sewage works, then dog-leg left to the field-edge path.’
    • ‘Instead, Canadian policy doglegged to the left as the prime minister claimed he could only support a war that had United Nations backing.’
    • ‘Four newly acquired acres allowed the club to stretch the par-4 17th to 495 yards, uphill and blind off the tee before it doglegs downhill to a green.’
    • ‘The dugout doglegs radically right, then left, then right again.’
    • ‘Turn left from the car park to Station Road, and dog-leg across road to Mount Pleasant North.’
    • ‘Leave the main road at the right-hand bend, dog-leg to the path ahead, then go left steep uphill to the top corner of the field.’
    • ‘Go straight on by the barn and immediately turn left, go 50 yards to the gate and dog-leg right across road.’
    • ‘At the bend, go straight on to the track by the cottages, and dog-leg left then right to pass the barn.’
    • ‘You follow doglegging lanes in a mountain village until you're convinced you're lost, only to suddenly realize that you're right back where you started.’
    • ‘Turn left at the T-junction after felled area, and 20 yards later dog-leg across the major track.’
    • ‘Two or three blocks after you turn in, just past an absurd looking antique store at block's end, the road doglegs 90 degrees left while tracing the outskirts of town.’
    • ‘The path dog-legs then swings left downhill towards wood.’
    • ‘The hole doglegs to the left, and there is an out of bounds up the right side.’
    • ‘The fairway doglegs to the left behind the trees, with the green, of course, out of sight.’
    • ‘Bayonet's design reflects that tendency, with a number of holes doglegging to the left.’