shank's mare
noun Date: circa 1795 one's own legs <
traveling by shank's mare
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  • shank’s mare — n. foot travel. □ Youll find that shank’s mare is the quickest way to get across town. □ Is there a bus, or do I have to use shank’s mare? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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

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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • shank — {{11}}shank (n.) O.E. sceanca leg, shank, shinbone, from P.Gmc. *skankon (Cf. M.L.G. schenke, Ger. schenkel shank, leg ), perhaps lit. that which bends, from PIE root *skeng crooked (Cf. O.N. skakkr wry, distorted, Gk. skazein to limp ).… …   Etymology dictionary

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