One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Something which breaks or is likely to break a person's or animal's leg or legs; a hazard or danger.
2Originally Criminals' slang. A hired thug, an enforcer.
3Cricket. = "leg break". Now rare.
A leg-break bowler.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Yankee & Boston Literary Gazette. From leg + breaker<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in Saturday Review. From leg break + -er.
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