- (N. Amer. also Shanks's mare)noun one's own legs as a means of conveyance.OriginC18: first recorded as shanks-nag in R. Fergusson's Poems (1785).
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shanks's pony — (UK) If you go somewhere by Shanks s pony, you walk there … The small dictionary of idiomes
shanks's pony — /ʃæŋksəz ˈpoʊni/ (say shangksuhz pohnee) noun Colloquial one s own legs, especially as a means of travelling, as opposed to riding on horseback or in a conveyance: *Do you have a carriage? For me, alas, it is shanks s pony –peter carey, 1988.… … Australian English dictionary
shanks's pony — (UK) If you go somewhere by Shanks s pony, you walk there. (Dorking School Dictionary) … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
Shanks's pony — British, American & Australian, old fashioned, American, old fashioned walking as a method of travel. I missed the last bus and had to get home on Shanks s pony … New idioms dictionary
Shanks's pony — Noun. On foot, walking. E.g. Looks like we ve missed the bus, so it s Shanks s pony or wait another hour for the next bus. Informal … English slang and colloquialisms
Shanks's pony — (UK) If you go somewhere by Shanks s pony, you walk there … Dictionary of English idioms
shanks's pony — walking instead of using transport … Scottish slang
(on) Shanks's pony — (on) Shanks s ˈpony idiom (BrE, informal) walking, rather than travelling by car, bus, etc. Syn: on foot • … Useful english dictionary
on Shanks's pony — ● shank … Useful english dictionary
shanks' mare — noun you own legs I traveled on shank s mare • Syn: ↑shank s mare, ↑shank s pony, ↑shanks pony • Hypernyms: ↑leg * * * noun also … Useful english dictionary