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Syllabification: sheep·shank
Pronunciation: /ˈSHēpˌSHaNGk

Definition of sheepshank in English:


A kind of knot used to shorten a rope temporarily.
Example sentences
  • 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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