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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: shin 'to climb holding on with your legs' (19-21 centuries), from shin (noun)

shinny

verb
     
shin‧ny past tense and past participle shinnied, present participle shinnying, third person singular shinnies [intransitive] American English

shinny up/down

to climb quickly up or down a tree, pole etc by using your hands and legs [= shin British English]

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