Definition of sheepshank in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːpʃaŋk


  • A kind of knot used to shorten a rope temporarily, made by taking two bights of rope and securing them to the standing rope with two half hitches.
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    • Less satisfying is the sensation of having a hundred Belgian eyes on you while you try to remember the difference between a sheepshank and a half-hitch.
    • To do that would require a knot like the sheepshank, which he knew not how to do.

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