- the early 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby shank
Idioms for shank
Origin of shank
OTHER WORDS FROM shankun·shanked, adjective
Examples from the Web for shank
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.
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.
The bloodthirsty Young Turks of Bohane bide their time, waiting in the shadows to shank and supplant their revelry-addled elders.Must Reads: Kennedy, Sontag and Paris, ‘A Partial History of Lost Causes,’ ‘City of Bohane,’ ‘Flatscreen’|Lauren Elkin, Mythili Rao, Drew Toal, Nicholas Mancusi|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“Glad to see you, little girl,” said Mr Shank, as he led the way into his room.Ned Garth|W. H. G. Kingston
In most specimens there are thin transverse brown bars on the shank.A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico|William E. Duellman
Beside the notch is a peculiarly shaped movable spine which projects from the lower end of the shank.Through a Microscope|Samuel Wells
Both flukes carried away, sir; nothing but the shank and stock remaining.The Three Admirals|W.H.G. Kingston
Two projections either raised or welded on the square part of the shank, for securing the stock to its place.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
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