sheepshank

noun
sheep·shank | \ ˈshēp-ˌshaŋk \

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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