I shinned gallantly up the side of a dead wall; just touched the canary bird with the tips of my fingers.
The satisfied bear strolled to the fence, shinned up it and over.
Without waiting for a reply, he sprang forward to the head of the accommodation ladder and shinned down it into the launch.
He shinned up into the hole, and pulled the grill back into its slot behind him.
Up the rough trunk to the crotch he shinned with the speed of a chased cat.
When next I reached a ridgy spot I chose a good pine and shinned it.
The two men that were hooking on grabbed the tackles and shinned for dear life.
In a flash I'd shinned over the stone wall and was headin' 'em off.
A bold climber "shinned" up the fifty or sixty feet of rough tree-trunk and looked in upon the eleven eggs.
And I dropped from the tree I'd shinned up when the boar had made tracks for my tights.
Old English scinu "shin, fore part of the lower leg," from Proto-Germanic *skino "thin piece" (cf. Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Shin splints is attested from 1930.
"to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning.
The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.