Shank's mare

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 17 23:15:47 UTC 2008

It occurs more recently (1874-77) in the US, with the pleonastic d.o. "it":
So, rolling my grub in my blanketI left all my tools on the groundI started
one morning to shank itFor the country they call Puget Sound.The Old
Settler's Song, or Acres of
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Mark Mandel

On Jan 17, 2008 11:30 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> The Wikipedia article refers to Michael Quinion (2002-08-31). Shank's
> mare. World Wide Words.  But not much more there, except to remind us
> (me?) that there is "shank v. =
> 1. dial.  a. intr. To walk, to travel on foot; also with const. away.
> Often to shank it.
>    a1774 Fergusson Poems, King's Birthday 83 If baudrins slip but to
> the door,+I fear, She'll no lang shank upon all four This time o'year. ...
> Joel

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