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A hitch made in a line to shorten it.
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(Knots) a knot consisting of two hitches at the ends of a bight made in a rope to shorten it temporarily
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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 CBE, who masterminded the creation of the FA's St George's Park, also attended the opening as an advocate for the centre together with former British Lions and Leicester Tigers full-back Tim Stimpson.
Mr Cameron also met England captain Steven Gerrard and vicecaptain Frank Lampard before being given a guided tour of the facilities by St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks.
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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.
FA: David Sheepshanks has stressed the need to produce more coaches and of a higher quality to get the best out of English footballing talent after the opening of the National Football School at Burton.
That is the view of St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks, who also revealed the FA will ask current England boss Roy Hodgson to leave a legacy at the centre for future bosses.
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.
Ellis reminded NFC chairman David Sheepshanks of this pledge on a recent visit to the Centre.
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FABIO CAPELLO'S position as England head coach has been further strengthened after FA board member David Sheepshanks indicated he believes the Italian should stay on in the job.