- 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)
Origin of shank
Examples from the Web for shank
Contemporary Examples of 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’
January 6, 2015
Seager writes about being threatened by a patient with a shank carved out of an eyeglass stem.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
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.How Will Chelsea Manning Be Treated in Prison?
August 22, 2013
Everyone complains that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray shank shots but stubbornly stick to the same strategy.How to Play a Tennis Monster
September 10, 2012
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
Historical Examples of shank
He struck the rivet such a blow that he snapped one shank of his spur short off.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
This plate is soldered to the shank of the screw-eye and the cleat is complete.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
He's in the shank of his honeymoon as we stands chattin' yere.'Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
He's had just about time to make the trip on Shank's mare by takin' short cuts.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
Next to the blade on the end of which is the cutting edge, is the shank, Fig. 65.Handwork in Wood
- the part of a shoe connecting the wide part of the sole with the heel
- the metal or leather piece used for this
Word Origin for shank
Old English sceanca "leg, shank, shinbone," specifically, the part of the leg from the knee to the ankle, from Proto-Germanic *skankon- (cf. Middle Low German schenke, German schenkel "shank, leg"), perhaps literally "that which bends," from PIE root *skeng- "crooked" (cf. Old Norse skakkr "wry, distorted," Greek skazein "to limp"). Shank's mare "one's own legs as a means of transportation" is attested from 1774 (shanks-naig).
1927, in golf, "to strike (the ball) with the heel of the club," from shank (n.). Related: Shanked; shanking. Earlier as "to take to one's legs" (1774, Scottish); "to send off without ceremony" (1816).