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 Leg of Mutton School (The).Legal Tender (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
On his legs. Mr. So-and-So is on his legs, has risen to make a speech.   1
   On its last legs. Moribund; obsolete; ready to fall out of cognisance.   2
   To set on his legs. So to provide for one that he is able to earn his living without further help.   3
   To stand on one’s own legs. To be independent: to be earning one’s own living. Of course, the allusion is to being nursed, and standing “alone.” (See BOTTOM.)   4

 Leg of Mutton School (The).Legal Tender (A). 


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