Show a leg

What does "Show a leg" mean?

Today it means: Get up, get out of bed, get ready.

Comes from when women were allowed on board Royal Navy ships in the past and that they were allowed to stay in the hammock after the sailors had got up. The order of 'show a leg" was supposed to have been given so that the shapely legged women could be distinguished from the hairy-legged sailors.

Royal Navy "pressed men" were not allowed ashore in case they deserted and so women were allowed to stay onboard in compensation.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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