Silently, the manikin clasped the nearest table leg, shinnied up and hauled himself over the top.
He must have lost his nerve when he made out your smoke and shinnied up there to stow away, taking the ship's papers with him.
Smaller images, no more than two inches high, shinnied up a table leg.
Keeping a lookout over his shoulder he dragged the heavy lump of metal to the fence, boosted it over, and shinnied after it.
With considerable difficulty he had shinnied up the table leg, and had hoisted himself over the awkwardly projecting table edge.
"to climb a rope, pole, etc.," 1888, from use of shins and ankles to do so; see shin (n.). Earlier simply shin (1829). Related: Shinnied; shinnying.
also shinney, primitive form of hockey, 1670s, perhaps from Gaelic sinteag "a bound, a leap." OED suggests origin from shin ye "the cry used in the game."
To climb a rope, pole, wall, etc
[1888+; fr the use of shins and ankles in climbing a rope or pole]