Where does the term “Bandy Legged” come from and What does Bandy Legged mean?

The expression “Bandy Legged” means bowlegged; having the legs shaped for greater comfort in riding a horse, parenthesis-fashion.

The term probably arose, back in the seventeenth century, through a comparison of legs so shaped with the curved stick, then called a “bandy,” in the game of hockey as then played.

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