Definition of sheepshank in English:


Pronunciation /ˈSHēpˌSHaNGk/ /ˈʃipˌʃæŋk/


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

    ‘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.’