sheepshank

noun
sheep·​shank | \ ˈshēp-ˌshaŋk How to pronounce sheepshank (audio) \

Definition of sheepshank

1 : a knot for shortening a line — see knot illustration
2 Scotland : something of no worth or importance

First Known Use of sheepshank

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sheepshank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheepshank. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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