Definition of shanks' mare in English:

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shanks' mare

(also shanks' pony)

noun

Used to refer to one’s own legs and the action of walking as a means of conveyance.
Example sentences
  • Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales can plan their journey - by public transport and Shanks's pony - on the National Park Authority's website.
  • Then, at the end of a meeting, after I had already had some verification of it, I would ask how many of all the people there had come to that night's meeting using public transport, Shanks's pony, or a pushbike.
  • Surely one might expect the health minister himself to practice what he preaches to those of us who are not blessed with a personal chauffeur: extensive use of Shanks's pony.

Origin

Late 18th century: first recorded as shanks-nag in R. Fergusson's Poems (1785).

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Syllabification: shanks' mare

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