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Word of the day: Sheepshank

Sheepshank

[SHEEP-shangk]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Unknown, mid-17th century

A kind of knot used to shorten a rope temporarily.

Examples of sheepshank in a sentence

"Killian was glad he remembered how to tie a sheepshank from his Boy Scout days."

"The sailor quickly tied some sheepshanks to keep the rope out of the way."

[SHEEP-shangk]

About Sheepshank

While we know that this noun first originated in the 17th century as a type of temporary knot used to shorten a rope quickly, its literal origins are largely unknown.

Did you Know?

A sheepshank is a knot that can quickly be tied to take up slack on a rope. It’s not very stable, so it shouldn’t be used in situations that require a secure hold.

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