Shanks'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

(on) Shanks’s ˈpony

(British English, informal) walking, rather than travelling by car, bus, etc.; on foot: ‘How are we going to get there?’ ‘I suppose it’ll have to be Shanks’s pony.’You young people go everywhere by car these days. When I was young all we had was Shanks’s pony.
Shanks is an informal word for your legs.
See also: pony
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If not, his passengers may well vote with their feet in favour of bus, car, shanks's pony or even hot-air balloon in order to get to work.
SHANKS'S pony, my father called it, and I always wondered who this man Shanks was.
So, the loco passenger was forced to use Shanks's Pony to make his journey instead travelling on the Iron Horse.
WHEN cars were a rarity most children went to school by shanks's pony, a good old Yorkshire phrase for 'on their own legs.
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The single-storey hotel has a prime position among this dramatic beauty, making it an ideal base to soak up the outstanding landscape using shanks's pony.
As well as the train and bus, rusty old bikes have been dug out of garden sheds and Shanks's Pony has suddenly become far more popular.
Progressing by Shanks's Pony, all arrive at British Consulate in pool of perspiration for sweaty handshakes.
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