by shank's mare

by shank's mare

Fig. by foot; by walking. (Shank refers to the shank of the leg.) My car isn't working, so I'll have to travel by shank's mare. I'm sore because I've been getting around by shank's mare.
See also: mare
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We did not own a car, so everything had to be carried home by Shank's Mare, as my mom referred to it.
You came by car, plane, and RV, some of you by shank's mare.