origin of the term leg

we often hear of a tie being split into two legs but where does this come from?

indeed wher does the term tie come from?

so smartarses you must have all said we will beat them in the second leg but why ?
It's a stage of a competition, probably from sailing:

leg (n.)
late 13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to O.N. leggr "leg, bone of the arm or leg," from P.Gmc. *lagjaz, with no certain ulterior connections, perhaps from a PIE root meaning "to bend" [Buck]. Cf. Ger. Bein "leg," in O.H.G. "bone, leg." Replaced O.E. shank. Of furniture supports from 1670s.

The meaning "a part or stage of a journey or race" (1920) is from earlier sailing sense of "a run made on a single tack" (1867), which was usually qualified as long leg, short leg, etc.

Slang phrase shake a leg "dance" is attested from 1881. To be on (one's) last legs "at the end of one's life" is from 1590s.

tie (n.)
"that with which anything is tied," O.E. teag, from P.Gmc. *taugo (cf. O.N. taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. O.E. teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)). Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s.

Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961).

Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, Amer.Eng.

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Well, that answers "who will win the dullest thread award 2012"
Don't be too quick to judge. I'd say that any of the "I'm joining the....." and several of the "Does anybody know this man and are his medals genuine?" threads are winning just now. But that's probably more to do with frequency than substance. Oh, and let's not forget any post by that speccy stab **** MSR or by Jim "Look at what I've blogged, aren't I clever, please say 'yes' and I'm in a 'sandy place'!" bellend. They usually send me straight into the "I love guns and ammo" style threads in search of excitement. It's early days though.

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