from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having short legs, as the breed of hens called creepers.


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  • They were originally bred to go down fox holes, assisting the Hunt, but nowadays most are of a short-legged variety that delight in catching rats.

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  • We were sitting around the small gas burner on cushions, crossed legs tucked snugly beneath the short-legged table, happily eating out of a large, steaming nabe pot filled with an assortment of seafood and vegetables, when Older-Brother cracked a crab claw and screamed.

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  • Small and/or short-legged dogs have a hell of a time with geese in deep water and ice.

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  • Some were short-legged — too short; others were long-legged — too long.

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  • The shipping lies out at anchor, enabling a few hundred of the short-legged people to make a livelihood by carrying passengers to and from the shore.

    In Yeddo Bay

  • He's not quick, more like a short-legged bull, but he carries the ball sewn to his foot and he's got eyes all over his body.

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  • She ran to him, her clumsy gait typical of the short-legged, heavy body of Down Syndrome.

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  • She refused to eat until she had been assured -- again and again -- that the short-legged female turkey was moist and tasty and good.

    Howard Fineman: Ann on Thanksgiving

  • Short-nosed dogs, like boxers or bulldogs, may have a tough time with the intensity of the exercise, while short-legged dogs like dachshunds may not be able to clear the jumps.

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  • The Seafire, a “navalised” version of the legendary Spitfire fighter, proved an excellent if short-legged performer but suffered under the severe strains of carrier landings.



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