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Here's short riddle

I am on three legs when I rest and on one when I work.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ As this (and a few other recent postings) goes to show, simplistic and/or chestnut riddles often make rather poor puzzles; while they have an intended "right" answer, they are way too underspecified to exclude a lot of other possibilities, and end up getting (rightly) closed as Too Broad. $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Jan 11, 2018 at 23:32

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I think that you are

a wheelbarrow

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  • $\begingroup$ Damn, you've been quicker. $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2018 at 10:08
  • $\begingroup$ @AlixEisenhardt haha, it was a matter of seconds i suppose $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2018 at 10:11
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    $\begingroup$ Should a wheel be considered a leg? $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jan 11, 2018 at 15:57
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    $\begingroup$ @DEEM "Things other than legs can be considered legs" is literally the oldest rule of riddles. $\endgroup$
    – Sneftel
    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Sneftel If you call a sheep's tail a leg, how many legs does it have? A: 4, because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. $\endgroup$
    – Jammin4CO
    Jan 12, 2018 at 14:59
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And now for something a little different

A relay-race runner

Explanation:

Each section of the race is known as a "leg", of which there are 4. Each runner only runs their own leg, and is waiting for the others. In other words, you rest on 3 legs, you work (run) on one.

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    $\begingroup$ That is rather clever $\endgroup$
    – NibblyPig
    Jan 11, 2018 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ Whether this answer is right or not, it makes for a very clever riddle. +1 $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2018 at 19:32
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You are an Airliner

Because

You sit on three landing "legs" when on the tarmac between flights. And when in flight you are always on one leg of your journey.

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A Painting

Explanation:

While being painted and before going "to work" it rests on an easel which usually has 3 legs. Once it is completed and in view within a gallery or home, it hangs while working on typically 1 nail (hanger/leg).

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How about a

person with a Pogo Stick? (Would that be a Pogo Sticker? Probably not.) Image posted as a link since it's not mine.

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    $\begingroup$ If the pogo stick work well, the pogosticker should be on 0 leg. Wait, 1 leg. No, 0 leg. 1 leg. 0 leg... That's embarrassing. $\endgroup$ Jan 11, 2018 at 13:22
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    $\begingroup$ @AlixEisenhardt - so, trending towards 0.5 legs :-) $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Jan 11, 2018 at 13:39
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Are you

a wheelbarrow? (Ok it's a wheel, not a leg, but why not?)

or

A one-legged man who sits only on three-legged stools ?

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You are

A guitar!

Because

When you play it's on your leg. To have it at hand- it rests on a tripod stand.

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Road warning triangle like this

because:

When working it is supported by one leg. When not in use, it is probably lying on all its angles (lets call them legs)

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