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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shanks’ Nag.
 
To ride Shanks’ nag is to go on foot, the shanks being the legs. A similar phrase is “Going by the marrow-bone stage” or by Walker’s ’bus. (Anglo-Saxon, scanca, shanks.)   1
 


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