sheepshank(redirected from sheepshanks)
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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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