To ride shank's mare
Shank Shank, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. {Skink}, v.] 1. The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg. [1913 Webster]

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved. Specifically: (a) That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock. (b) The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms. See Illustr. of {Anchor}. (c) That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle. (d) A loop forming an eye to a button. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

4. (Founding) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it. [1913 Webster]

5. (Print.) The body of a type. [1913 Webster]

6. (Shoemaking) The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel. [1913 Webster]

7. (Zo["o]l.) A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called also {shanks}. [1913 Webster]

8. pl. Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round. [1913 Webster]

{Shank painter} (Naut.), a short rope or chain which holds the shank of an anchor against the side of a vessel when it is secured for a voyage.

{To ride shank's mare}, to go on foot; to walk. [1913 Webster]


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  • Shank — Shank, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. {Skink}, v.] 1. The part of the leg from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shank painter — Shank Shank, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. {Skink}, v.] 1. The part of the leg from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ride — {{11}}ride (n.) 1759, from RIDE (Cf. ride) (v.); slang meaning a motor vehicle is recorded from 1930; sense of amusement park device is from 1934. To take (someone) for a ride tease, mislead, cheat, is first attested 1925, Amer.Eng., possibly… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shank — [shaŋk] n. [ME shanke < OE scanca, akin to Ger schenkel, thigh < IE base * (s)keng , to limp > Gr skazein, Ger hinken] 1. the lower part of the leg; part between the knee and ankle in humans or a part like this in animals 2. the whole… …   English World dictionary

  • Shank — can refer to: * Lead shank, a type of lead used for difficult horses * Shank (sewing), a sewing specific shank include button shanks and thread shanks * The long, narrow part of a screw or nail * Shank, part of a ship s anchor * Shank (weapon), a …   Wikipedia

  • shanks' mare — noun you own legs I traveled on shank s mare • Syn: ↑shank s mare, ↑shank s pony, ↑shanks pony • Hypernyms: ↑leg * * * noun also …   Useful english dictionary

  • shanks' mare — 1. one s own legs, esp. as a means of moving from one place to another: The only way we can get there is by shanks mare. 2. ride shanks mare, to go on foot rather than ride; walk: It was such a delightful day that we decided to ride shanks mare… …   Universalium

  • shanks — Shank Shank, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. {Skink}, v.] 1. The part of the leg from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking — (also called ambulation) is the main form of animal locomotion on land, distinguished from running and crawling. [http://www.runningplanet.com/training/running versus walking.html Walking v. running] [http://www.bartleby.com/28/15.html Walking by …   Wikipedia

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