Leg-of-mutton

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Leg-of-mutton Having the general shape or outline of a leg of mutton; as, a leg-of-mutton, or shoulder-of-mutton, sail.
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Usage

In literature:

The morning after my visit, Li sent me his card, together with a leg of mutton and a pile of sweet cakes.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
I've a nice leg of mutton in the boat, and some milk for tea.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
We will have more for our dinner, when the legs of mutton make their appearance.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
He steered as true a course for home as if he had smelt the leg of mutton that was roasting at the fire.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
Let's shake hands on it over the leg of mutton.
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then dish up the leg of mutton on fine carved sippets, and pour on your broth.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
She sat at the head of the table and carved a leg of mutton, and saw Anna putting vegetables upon the children's plates under silent protest.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
Wine may be abused, and so may a leg of mutton.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
Mrs. Beale came, and the first thing she did was to buy a leg of mutton and cook it.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
The damp had eaten up one of the legs of mutton, and the sheep went on three legs.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
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In poetry:

The dauntless lad could fairly hew
A silken handkerchief in twain,
Divide a leg of mutton too -
And this without unwholesome strain.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The hearse is ahead,
But after there follows
A troop of streetwalkers
In wide flowered hats,
Leg-of-mutton sleeves,
And ankle-length dresses.
"Dublinesque" by Philip Larkin
There was an old man of Tobago,
Who lived on rice, gruel and sago
Till, much to his bliss,
His physician said this -
To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.
"Limerick: There was an old man of Tobago" by Edward Lear
I have a loaf of bread and some murphies that I shook,
Perhaps a loaf of brownie that I snavelled off the cook,
A nice leg of mutton, just a bit cut off the end,
Oh isn't it nice and jolly to be whaling in the bend!
"Shearers Song" by Anonymous Oceania