Definition 1 of 3
Affectionately and colloquially referred to as an "el-bee" it is the softest science in the game of cricket. Since it is a complete judgement call on the part of the Umpire as to whether the delivery and subsequent buggered strike held true to every obscure detail in the official LBW rule book, the appeal and/or the decision is a great favourite for argument from the safety of the couch.
Added 2011-06-29 by Studmuffin
Definition 2 of 3
In the sport of cricket, leg before wicket (LBW) is one of the ways in which a batsman can be dismissed. An umpire will rule a batsman out LBW under a series of circumstances which include the ball striking the batsman's body (usually the leg) when it would otherwise have continued on to hit the batsman's wicket (here referring to the stumps and bails). The LBW rule is designed to prevent a batsman simply using his body to prevent the ball from hitting the wicket (and so avoid being bowled out) rather than using his bat to do so.
LBW is commonly referred to as the most complicated rule in the sport.
That chap was LBW'D for sure but that swine umpire did not give him out.
Added 2011-09-04 by porkipaya
Definition 3 of 3
A term from cricket referring to one of the ways a batsman can get out. Essentially, the ball strikes the leg pad before hitting the wicket; the umpire rules that this obstruction is an out.
Aiyo Rama! Sachin, LBW!?! This Umpire hates Indians. He's on the Pakistani pay role. Let's burn a bus!
Added 2011-06-25 by mainmacha
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