shank

Your shanks are your shins, the lower part of your leg. It hurts like crazy to bang your shank on the edge of a coffee table.

Shank comes from a Germanic source related to Schenkel, or "thigh." It's most common to talk about shanks in terms of meat, like lamb shanks or beef shanks, rather than your own shins. The shape of lower leg bones influence other ways shank is used, to refer to objects from drill bits to the narrow piece of a shoe's sole that connects to its heel. For unclear reasons, to shank means to hit a golf or tennis ball badly.

Primary Meanings of shank

1.
n
the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
2.
n
the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
3.
n
cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
4.
nv
a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
Full Definitions of shank
1

n the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle

Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals

Synonyms:
cannon
Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg

Types:
foreshank
a cut of meat from the upper part of a front leg
hindshank
a cut of meat from the upper part of a rear leg
Type of:
cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
2

n the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole

Synonyms:
waist
Type of:
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact
3

n cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

Synonyms:
stem
Type of:
cylinder
a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line

n cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill

Type of:
cylinder
a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line

n cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head

Type of:
cylinder
a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
4

n a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball

Type of:
golf shot, golf stroke, swing
the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

v hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

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