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shank's nag

One's legs and feet, used for walking; travel by foot. Also "shanks' nag." A reference to the shank— the lower leg between the knee and the ankle—and the use of ponies or horses for travel. My bicycle fell apart three miles away from home, so I had to use shank's nag to go the rest of the way. Unfortunately, with the sedentary lifestyle many lead today, shank's nag has largely become an obsolete mode of travel.
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nag at someone (about someone or something)

to pester someone about someone or something. Don't keep nagging at me about her. Stop nagging at me!
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1. tv. to pester someone constantly. (From a centuries-old word meaning gnaw.) Stop nagging me!
2. n. a worn-out horse. (Probably from a centuries-old word for horse.) I bet a week’s pay on that nag. Look what happened!
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Naggers were women who threatened the authority of husbands in particular and men in general.
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The "dialogues" include the famous Fluchtlingsgesprache, one of the most brilliant pieces of Brechtian satire, and the brief conversations between "Mies und Meck" - thus the title - written in a Berlinese of sorts, and likewise scathingly and delightfully satirical (the names Mies and Meck, it should be noted, are derived from the German words Miesmacher and Meckerer, signifying defeatists, grumblers, naggers, carpers, et cetera).
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