Shank's mare

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Thu Jan 17 23:38:35 UTC 2008

Mark Mandel wrote:
> 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
> Clams.<
> lams%29> See also on Mudcat
> Cafe<>

Compare also "leg it" and "hoof it". No citations off the top of my head,
but I've seen both of them many times. A bit further afield, baseball-talk
also includes such expressions as "leg out a hit", to reach first on a
bunt or ground ball, purely by virtue of one's footspeed.

I could swear I've also run across "ankling".

Jim Parish

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