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sheep·shank

 (shēp′shăngk′)
n.
A hitch made in a line to shorten it.

sheepshank

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

sheep•shank

(ˈʃipˌʃæŋk)

n.
a kind of knot, hitch, or bend made on a rope to shorten it temporarily.
[1625–35; short for sheepshank knot; literal sense unclear]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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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.
Sheepshanks, the former Ipswich chairman said: "Fabio is one of the world's best managers - and a month ago I don't think you'd have heard many people disagree.
Sheepshanks, the former Ipswich chairman, said: "Knee-jerk reactions never work.