Shanks' Pony Meaning
(idiomatic, Britain, Australia, New Zealand) Oneâ€²s feet or legs, regarded as a means of transport.
Example: 1930, G. E. O. Knight, Intimate Glimpses of Mysterious Tibet and Neighbouring Countries, 1992, page 56,
[â€¦] pointed out that we cared nothing, absolutely nothing, for convention, and would go in quest of the gods â€œon Shanksâ€² pony,â€ Anqui utterly mistook our meaning and had a pony in waiting for us when the hour came for leaving! This we dismissed after attempting to make clear our meaning.
1989, Charles Hyatt, When Me Was a Boy, Institute of Jamaica Publications, page 43,
After all, mosâ€² everybody had to walk because yuh doan only get to meet people but â€˜shanks ponyâ€™ was the cheapesâ€² form of transportation.
1993, John Marsden, Tomorrow, When the War Began, page 18,
That was the end of the vehicle track: from then on it was shanksâ€²s pony.
1994, Jackie French, Somewhere around the Corner, 2010, HarperCollins Australia, unnumbered page,
Young Jim shook his head. â€˜The nearest stationâ€²s about fifty miles from there. Weâ€²ll hail a lift if weâ€²re lucky. Otherwise itâ€²s shanksâ€²s pony.â€™
1999, Richard Thompson, Walking the Long Miles Home, (Mock Tudor),
And the rhythm in my shoes keeps the blues all away / When you ride Shanks's Pony you donâ€²t have to pay
2007, John Forbat, Entrepreneurship: The Seeds of Success, Harriman House, UK, page 60,
Then four more meetings around Manhattan travelling mostly by Shanksâ€²s pony, before arriving back at JFK for their overnight standby flight.
2009, David Else, England, Lonely Planet, page 723,
Apart from the Ravenglass steam railway and Shanksâ€² pony, thereâ€²s no public transport to Eskdale.
2012, Kass Fleisher, Dead Woman Hollow, State University of New York Press, page 10,
At the bottom of the hill, Dean Stewart says, letâ€²s get out of the automobiles and proceed as usualâ€”by shanksâ€² pony.
By shanksâ€² pony? Mrs. Landes says.
Is that Shakespeare? Jenny asks.
No, Dean Stewart says laughing, just an expression from the folk in Missoula.