shanks's pony


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shanks's pony

(ˈʃæŋksɪz) or

shanks's mare

n
informal one's own legs as a means of transportation
[C18: from shank (in the sense: lower leg); probably with a pun on the surname Shanks]
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I had only one option - Shanks's pony four and a half miles to my office
Now a tourist initiative is aiming to exploit the Heart of Wales with a more traditional mode of transport: Shanks's pony.
Back in 1949, Stockton was almost car free, lorries being far more common, but the bike and buses or Shanks's pony were used by everyone.
Shanks's pony (walking) was favoured by 2,000 people, 1,300 going out of Kirklees Leeds and Calderdale being the top destinations with almost 800 coming in on foot.
The machines cut huge swathes of grass quickly but the cuttings had to be collected by hand and the horse had to be accompanied by a driver who walked behind - probably the source of the expression Shanks's pony for being forced to go on foot.
6 Shanks's pony An important aspect of a truly successful festival meeting is the handy proximity of the racecourse to a sufficiency of watering holes, fleshpots and nosheries for the delectation of the racegoer.
We knewthat, should we miss the bus home, it was shanks's pony rather than a texted demand to pick them up.