one's own legs, especially as a means of moving from one place to another: The only way we can get there is by shanks' mare.
Idioms about shanks' mare
ride shanks' mare, to go on foot rather than ride; walk: It was such a delightful day that we decided to ride shanks' mare to the fair.
- Also called shanks' pony, shank's pony.
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How to use shanks' mare in a sentence
The right way to see and love Middlesex is at the jog-trot pace of Shanks mare, breaking no wind and no records.Middlesex | A.R. Hope Moncrieff
Only Shanks mare, answered Forbes, stretching out a pair of long, dusty legs.Three Little Women's Success | Gabrielle E. Jackson
A farmer gave me a ride of several miles, when I resorted to shanks-mare again.The Boy Patrol Around the Council Fire | Edward Sylvester Ellis
The distance is but a few kilometres and the means of communication is shanks mare.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets | Francis Miltoun
Here, get on your double-soled shanks-mare, take this packet, and spin off to the Invalides.Colonel Chabert | Honore de Balzac