from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A reporter whose job is to gather information at the scene of an event or by visiting various news sources.
  • n. Informal An assistant, as in an office, who performs tasks such as gathering information or running errands especially outside the workplace.

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  • n. A reporter who travels to the scene of an event to interview witnesses etc.
  • n. An office errand boy


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  • Starting in the '40s as a legman for Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round column of gossip and scandal, Anderson had absolute faith in himself as a righteous scourge, even if he had to pay bribes and root through other people's garbage cans to get scoops.

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  • The guy who could have been the Big Foot was happy to be the legman for a younger colleague.

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  • This was a big break for Anderson, who was then the chief legman for columnist Drew Pearson.

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  • Starting as a legman for the patrician, ruthless Pearson and then on his own, Anderson drew first blood on most of the scandals that tainted Nixon almost from the start.

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  • He had sold ladies 'underwear, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias door to door; he had been a short order cook, elevator operator, puddler in a steel mill, seaman, carnival shill, bulldozer operator, printer's devil and legman for a radio station.

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  • Malden's character in the program, Mike Stone, employed a legman played by Art Metrano with that name, who did various errands.

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  • Three days after Ray had been sentenced, he said he had been framed -- he was just a "" legman, '' he insisted, recruited by a mysterious drug dealer named Raoul.

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  • He worked as a legman, or stringer, for a local newspaper before, at the age of 21, securing a post as department-store credit manager, a position he held for over a decade and which gave him an unparalleled insight into the psyche of his fellow men.

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  • A one-time legman for columnist Jack Anderson, and former White House correspondent for ABC, Hume has been part of Fox since the channel launched a dozen years ago.

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  • In a 1949 Nero Wolfe mystery, Rex Stout's narrator (and Wolfe's legman) Archie Goodwin recounts a bit of crass behavior by one of his least favorite cops.

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