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Last Legs

Posted by ESC on January 27, 2003

In Reply to: Last Legs posted by Shacheendra on January 27, 2003

: Hello, I was just wondering whether any one might know the origin of the phrase "last legs". Thanks in advance for any information.

It means something or someone is about to break down or give up. "That washing machine is on its last legs."

I couldn't find an origin in any of my phrase books. But the image I get regarding that expression is an old horse about ready to fall down. That's a guess.