shanks' nag

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Transportation by foot. To "take a shanks' nag" means using one's own legs to walk.

Etymology:

  • Traced back to shanks-nag, 1758; The expression -- believed to be Scottish in origin, refers to the use of shank to refer to the part of the human leg between the knee and ankle.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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