• noun an act of sexual intercourse (usually from a male perspective). The term originates in the expression get one’s leg over, one of many 18th- and 19th-century phrases in which leg is meant both literally and as a euphemism for the parts of the lower body (‘leg-business’ is one archaic example). From the 1980s the satirical magazine Private Eye has regularly referred to a ‘legover situation’, a supposed middle-class code for copulation.