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Shank

other word formation type Metonymy, Widening, Noun
A homemade knife fashion from any sort of material that could be readily at hand such as a piece of scrap metal.
 
Knives were probably originally fashioned out of bone and the shank was originally a thigh bone. So shank was probably originally used to refer to a knife fashioned from a bone by metonymy and then widened to mean any type of home fashioned knife.
Etymology : Shank comes from the German schenkel meaning "leg".
Source : "Make yourself a shank." - 2006
Last modified: 2 December 2008


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