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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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One of the few limiting factors in growth of household expenditure in the region is naggingly high unemployment, especially in France and Germany.
It not only confronts the reader with a series of seemingly half-cooked enigmas and the monotone intonations of a first-person narrator naggingly addressing his mother, his diary, and his imaginary readers.
naggingly catchy, but Talking Heads did this sort of thing better.
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The whole performance sounded like one long number, a stream of unconsciousness that rammed into the strangely incongruous Dreamy Days, naggingly catchy and coming right out of the music hall tradition.
The name Medvedev means bear in Russian and this one has a naggingly sore head.
Somehow, though, the installation's clunky, abject, obsolete quality made the whole experience naggingly memorable.