Definition of leg-breaker in US English:

leg-breaker

noun

  • 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.

noun

  • A leg-break bowler.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

leg-breaker

/ˈlɛɡˌbreɪkə/