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A hitch made in a line to shorten it.


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



a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily.
[1625–35; short for sheepshank knot; literal sense unclear]
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Noun1.sheepshank - a knot for shortening a linesheepshank - a knot for shortening a line  
knot - any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
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He was said to be paying his addresses to Lady Jane Sheepshanks, Lord Southdown's third daughter, and whose sister, Lady Emily, wrote those sweet tracts, "The Sailor's True Binnacle," and "The Applewoman of Finchley Common.
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David Sheepshanks know the benefits will be mainly felt long-term and hopes SGP will eventually lead to more English managers being given an opportunity in the professional game.
And as the pounds 100million St George's Park base, near Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, was opened last week, the project's chairman David Sheepshanks also claimed it should boost the number of English bosses in the Premier League.
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