Origin of sheepshank
Examples from the Web for sheep-shank
Sheep-shank the stays and backstays, and set them hand-taut.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
The purpose of a Sheep-shank is to take up slack or shorten a rope temporarily.
But when you come to that sheep-shank and bowline upon the bight, as you term them, it grows confusing.Fighting in Cuban Waters|Edward Stratemeyer
It is sometimes necessary to shorten a rope temporarily and not desirable to cut it, and the sheep-shank knot solves the problem.On the Trail|Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for sheep-shank
Word Origin and History for sheep-shank
also sheepshank, 1670s, "leg of a sheep," from sheep + shank (n.). A type of something lank, slender, or weak. Attested earlier in transferred sense of "type of sailor's knot used to shorten a rope without cutting it" (1620s).