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Leg bail


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Leg bail escape from custody by flight.
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In literature:

Then they offered a cow for each leg of her cow, but she would not accept that offer unless Fiachna went bail for the payment.
"Irish Fairy Tales" by James Stephens
A shout went up as it was seen that the ball had taken the leg bail.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
But with you in the secret I must give him leg-bail, no matter what it costs me.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
Given them leg bail, I'll swear.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
For I met him scouring the hills with the corpse on his back, having given leg-bail to all his escort.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I'll clear a way for you through the people, and then you two must take leg bail for it to the forest.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
They may have taken leg-bail, and thus have puzzled him in his inexperience.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
We had to give them leg-bail, I can tell you.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
It would be a case of leg-bail entirely, and that was a game at which one could play better than two.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
As security for the payment of this medicine they put in leg bail and vanished.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Then we have yer both ways in case yer gives us leg-bail.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
For my own part I wish her no worse luck than to give them leg-bail and lose herself in these woods.
"The Admirable Lady Biddy Fane" by Frank Barrett
She bailed and leg-roped the cows.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
Luckily, before that came off, I found the chance of giving them leg-bail.
"The Lost Mountain" by Mayne Reid
It is provided with short legs and a handle or bail.
"Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7)" by Hugo B. Froehlich
They ran after a Wolf, which gave them leg bail.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
Mr. Dick may give you leg-bail in the night.
"Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Instead of obeying the command he gave leg bail and the guard started in pursuit.
"Under the Stars and Bars" by Walter A. Clark

In poetry:

There is naught on earth to please us;
All things at the crisis fail.
Friends desert us, bailiffs tease us--
(To such foes we give leg-bail).
"Thick-Headed Thoughts: Part 3" by Adam Lindsay Gordon