shank's pony


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shank's pony

One's legs and feet, used for walking; travel by foot. Also "shanks' pony." 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 pony to go the rest of the way. Unfortunately, with the sedentary lifestyle many lead today, shank's pony has largely become an obsolete mode of travel.
See also: pony
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Today we'll attempt to do our bit and make at least one of our journeys on shank's pony - my mother never drove when I was little and she managed just fine, toting my brother and sister around in their huge twin pram to boot.
Winners were (in pairs): 1 - Lauren Stopford on Balli with Emily Coneron on Lolly, 2 - Jane Livingstone on Taz with Cadence Dollve on Bryony, 3 - Liam Ralf on Mo with Jake Wilson on Sonny, 4 - Jasmin Jones on her bike with Gemma Briggs on her bike, 5 - Heidi Bassendale on Hector with Lauren Wilson on Morgan, 6 - Joshua Nicholson on Benny with Vicky Townend on Shank's pony (on foot).
To this end, Vulture gamely left the car in the garage and resorted to Shank's Pony and a stopwatch.
Now,I'venever seriously been in thrall to the motor vehicle,much persuaded that the braying of Ned the Donkey and Shank's Pony are more amenable means of making headway; although my expanding girth suggests otherwise.
If Shank's pony doesn't appeal, join a horse-drawn cart tour, plodding peacefully past whitewashed crofters' cottages.
That's not what I heard,' Paddy retorted, 'I heard Shank's pony -' The oldster cut him sort: 'Well you heard wrong lad.