Definition of Shanks' mare

1. Noun. You own legs. "I traveled on shank's mare"

Exact synonyms: Shank's Mare, Shank's Pony, Shanks' Pony
Generic synonyms: Leg



Definition of Shanks' mare

1. Noun. (US idiomatic) One's own legs used for walking; to "travel by shanks' mare" or "ride on shanks' mare" is to walk to your destination. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shanks' Mare

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Literary usage of Shanks' mare

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1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Shanks' mare, Shanks' pony, a popular saying meaning on foot. This David Dunn was son of so poor a settler that there was no horse at home at his disposal ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"... Two Years Ago, Int. Shanks' mare, one's own legs, as a means of conveyance. [Slang.]—The gray mare la the better horse, the wife rules the husband. ..."

3. A Glossary of Words Used in the Wapentakes of Manley and Corringham by Edward Peacock (1877)
"Shanks-galloway, Shanks-mare, Shanks - pony, Shanks - nag. A man is said to go on one of these animals who goes oil foot. Shap, shape. Sharp, adj. quick. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Lowland Scotch: With an Introductory Chapter Onthe Poetry by Charles Mackay (1888)
"The English phrase, to go on shank's or shanks's mare, ie, to walk, is rendered in Scottish—to go on shank's ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1889)
"A man of consequence on his ambling palfrey will cover in one hour the ground that a peasant on " shanks's mare," or his mule or donkey, cannot traverse in ..."

6. John Brown, 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After by Oswald Garrison Villard (1910)
"... it is to be presumed, upon Shanks' mare, and, between meditations upon his just punishment for sympathizing with Missouri, doubtless gave thanks that he ..."

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