sheep-shank







sheep-shank


noun

  1. a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily.

noun

  1. a knot consisting of two hitches at the ends of a bight made in a rope to shorten it temporarily

n.also sheepshank, 1670s, “leg of a sheep,” from sheep + shank (n.). A type of something lank, slender, or weak. Attested earlier in transferred sense of “type of sailor’s knot used to shorten a rope without cutting it” (1620s).

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