Meaning of sheepshank in English:


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.

    ‘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.’