Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cant name for the master-at-arms in the United States navy.

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Examples

  • Having presided over the largest expansion of government since LBJ—health care, financial reregulation, spending 24% of GDP, the surge of industrial policy—Mr. Obama's pollsters must be saying that voters have the jimmy-legs about bigger government and that he thus can't run only as a Great Society man.

    The Reorganization Man

  • Their jimmy-legs tapped as they studied the clock, while I studied the chest bending under my palms while the old woman cried help me, God, help me, and the young one hugged her purse like a doll while tick tick tick, the miraculous ticking of ticks:

    Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature

  • "Sure," says the jimmy-legs, "nothing to do at all but steam slowly back --"

    Biltmore Oswald The Diary of a Hapless Recruit

  • "That's it," says the jimmy-legs, "you just sort of steam back and forth in front of it slowly."

    Biltmore Oswald The Diary of a Hapless Recruit

  • "Why, you see," continued the jimmy-legs, "it just sort of steams back and forth in front of the submarine, just steams slowly back and forth in front of the submarine until it provokes it."

    Biltmore Oswald The Diary of a Hapless Recruit

  • Does jimmy-legs director D.J. Caruso think if he slowed down the action we'd figure out how stupid the plot is?

    Prudence and Madness

  • To my buddies, an unscrupulous, clamorous crew of pirates, as loyal and generous a lot as ever returned a borrowed dress jumper with dirty tapes; to numerous jimmy-legs and P. O.'s whose cantankerous tempers have furnished me with much material for this book; and also to a dog, an admirable dog whom I choose to call Mr. Fogerty, with apologies to this dog if in these pages his slave has unwittingly maligned his character or in any way cast suspicion upon his moral integrity.

    Biltmore Oswald The Diary of a Hapless Recruit

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