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Meaning of shanks' mare

shanks'' mare'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. one's own legs, esp. as a means of moving from one place to another: The only way we can get there is by shanks' mare.
  2. to go on foot rather than ride; walk: It was such a delightful day that we decided to ride shanks' mare to the fair.
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