(also shanks' pony)
Definition of shanks' mare in English:
Used to refer to one’s own legs and the action of walking as a means of conveyance.
- 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.
late 18th century: first recorded as shanks-nag in R. Fergusson's Poems (1785).
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