- the early or main part of a period of time: It was just the shank of the evening when the party began.
- the latter part of a period of time: They didn't get started until the shank of the morning.
Origin of shank
OTHER WORDS FROM shankun·shanked, adjective
Words nearby shank
How to use shank in a sentence
The grandest meat, on the other hand, is braised lamb shank.Twin bistros in Northern Virginia put a personal spin on Indian cooking|Tom Sietsema|March 5, 2021|Washington Post
If she got caught with a shank, they would up her custody level.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Seager writes about being threatened by a patient with a shank carved out of an eyeglass stem.
It is one of the only times I can think of when life imitates art to the very bleeding edge of an aluminum shank.
You see, the victim can slip up behind you on any given day and stick a shank in your ribs—or pay someone else to do it.
Everyone complains that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray shank shots but stubbornly stick to the same strategy.
Its only the shank of the evening, officer, rejoined the old man, as he fumbled with the latch key and finally opened the door.The Fifth String |John Philip Sousa
The invalid sat on the shank of a mushroom anchor, and smoked his pipe while he affected to superintend the work.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
The Cad bait, with a little hackle round the top of the shank of the hook, kills well.The Teesdale Angler|R Lakeland
Who dat er woicin' dat hebbenly pocklermashun outen dar in de shank o' de night?The Broken Sword|Dennison Worthington
A stout shank was gripped by the split wood, and strongly bound in its socket with a thong of hide.The Terms of Surrender|Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for shank
- the part of a shoe connecting the wide part of the sole with the heel
- the metal or leather piece used for this