An example of shank is for a fruit to rot and fall off the tree.
An example of shank is to kick a soccer ball into the net of one's own team.
An example of a shank is a leg of lamb.
The shank of the evening.
- The part of a tool or instrument between the handle and the working part; shaft.
- The part of a tobacco pipe between the bowl and the stem.
- The long central shaft of an anchor.
- The narrow part of a shoe sole in front of the heel and beneath the instep.
- the latter part of the afternoon
- now, the early part of the evening
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Origin of shank
- Middle English shanke from Old English sceanca
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English shanke, from Old English sceanca, from Proto-Germanic *skankô (compare West Frisian skonk, Low German Schanke, Dutch/German Schenkel 'shank, leg', Norwegian skank), from *skankaz (compare Old Norse skakkr 'wry, crooked'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keng (compare Middle Irish scingim 'I spring', Ancient Greek skázein 'to limp').