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Language: Old English
Origin: scanca

shank

noun
     
Related topics: Human, Tools
shank
1 [countable]TZ a straight narrow part of a tool or object that connects the two ends:
a hammer shank
2 [uncountable and countable] a piece of meat cut from the leg of an animal:
lamb shanks
3 [countable usually plural]HBHHBA the part of an animal's or a person's leg between the knee and ankle
4

(on) Shanks's pony

British English old-fashioned walking, rather than using a vehicle

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