Definition of leg-breaking in US English:

leg-breaking

noun

  • The action or act of breaking a person's or animal's leg or legs; the act of breaking one's leg.

adjective

  • That breaks or is liable to break a leg or legs. Also in extended use: arduous; treacherous.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Belle Assemblée. From leg + breaking<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Colton (1797–1851). Partly from leg + breaking, and partly from leg break + -ing.

Pronunciation

leg-breaking

/ˈlɛɡˌbreɪkɪŋ/