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shank it

Slang definitions & phrases for shank it



  1. A stiletto-like weapon: We'd yoke him with a shank/ looks like a large screwdriver and is known in prison parlance as a shank (1950s+ Prison & street gang)
  2. The end or last part of a period of time, esp of the evening • Also interpreted as the early or chief part of a period of time: Let's have one for the road, my friends; it's the shank of the evening (1828+)


  1. To stab: that dude the dicks want for shanking his old lady
  2. To kick: is shanking punts all over the lot (1970s+ Football)

[all senses reflect the basic notion of something long and thin, like a leg bone]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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