or shank's mare
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.
These Plain Words Have Very Odd Origin StoriesOver the years, these words have gone on a journey from signifying creepy, strange, antithetical, and even paranormal ideas to taking on the standard meanings we know and understand today.
- shankar, ravi,
- shanks's pony,
- shannon, claude elwood,
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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