I was up stairs in a second, and down the lightning-rod in another one, and shinning through the dark for the lean-to.
Up the wall, by means of cracks and tufts, was shinning a small boy.
References to football are confined to comments, mostly humorous but occasionally serious, on the practice of shinning or hacking.
So Tom laid his bones to it, shinning up as fast as he could and dragging up his rod after him.
"Must've dropped out while I was shinning over the back fence," he surmised vaguely.
He had figured on grabbing one of the guns and shinning up to the friendly crotch, there to despatch his foe at leisure.
Then selecting a huge tree, I climbed it by shinning up one of the big pendent vines, and had a good look round.
Nothing for it but the tree: so Tom laid his bones to it, shinning up as fast as he could, and dragging up his rod after him.
He had no difficulty in shinning up the trunk until he reached a lower limb, and then he quite easily drew himself up.
"shinning" down a tree was a simple matter, with which any youth would be familiar.
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.