sheepshank

[sheep-shangk]

Origin of sheepshank

First recorded in 1635–45; short for sheepshank knot; literal sense unclear
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Examples from the Web for sheepshank

Historical Examples of sheepshank

  • 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

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