Posted by Joel on September 03, 2001
In Reply to: It has legs posted by Bruce Kahl on September 02, 2001
: : There is a reasonably common phrase, "[something] has legs." I'm wondering if it means, figuratively, that something is strong, agile, or has endurance.
: : Does anyone know for sure which is meant? And, out of curiosity, what's the derivation.
: Yes, you got it--strong or has endurance.
: It is usually said about a film or play. Many times a film will open with strong ticket sales and if the ticket sales stay strong then the film is said to "have legs"-meaning the inherent goodness of the film can carry it instead of just a flash of curiosity.
So, if I'm right in this, the *endurance* idea is the key element in the meaning?