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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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There are three programmes, with something to suit everyone, from couch potatoes to the moderately fit to those already in trim who want to stay that way with the help of Shanks' Pony.
But no agreement could be reached in time with the trainers and instead she was on Shanks' pony.
Supplies must be laid in early and folks are restricted to shanks' pony.
Through my parents - both a bit long in the tooth when I arrived - I was in touch with a generation for whom personal transport meant Shanks' Pony (two legs), the real thing on four legs or that new-fangled contraption, the bicycle.
If you fall off you have to get to the back of the queue, which is where I would have spent the rest of the afternoon, if I hadn't decided to use Shanks' pony eventually.
On days when she refuses to come out to play, I am forced to rely on public transport, my bicycle or Shanks' Pony.
Eh, we'd be quicker on Shanks' Pony," observes the owl fella.