on your last legs | on its last legs

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Meaning: If you say you're on your last legs, it can mean you're close to exhaustion, or it can mean you're close to death. If a thing is on its last legs, it's close to breaking or wearing out.

For example:

  • Bobby looks like he's on his last legs. Do you think he can make it to the top of the mountain?

  • My old printer is on its last legs. It's time I got a new one.

Quick Quiz:

My dog Molly is on her last legs. She

a. won't live much longer

b. is no longer on her first legs

c. won't be able to use her legs much longer

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Contributor: Matt Errey