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sheepshank

[ sheep-shangk ]
/ ˈʃipˌʃæŋk /
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noun
a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily.
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Origin of sheepshank

First recorded in 1635–45; short for sheepshank knot; literal sense unclear
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How to use sheepshank in a sentence

  • The sheepshank knot serves to shorten a rope without cutting it, and may be presently loosened.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for sheepshank

sheepshank
/ (ˈʃiːpˌʃæŋk) /

noun
a knot consisting of two hitches at the ends of a bight made in a rope to shorten it temporarily
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