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verbshinnying, shinnied, shinniesNorth American
- ‘he loved to shinny up that tree’another term for shimmy
- ‘I grinned and shinnied up a side rope ladder up to the mast almost.’
- ‘He raised the pole above his head, drove the spike into a log at his feet, shinnied up the pole, and to a chorus of cheers, bowed as he stood upon the far side, triumphant.’
- ‘At least shinnying up the nearest tree wasn't likely to damage his clothing, and tree-climbing came easily to an Indiana farm boy, as long as he didn't have to climb too high.’
- ‘According to court papers, he had shinnied up one of the vertical poles on the H-shaped installation using a cable wound around the pole and ‘metal straps’ for handholds.’
- ‘She hadn't grown up on a horse ranch with four older brothers without learning a thing or two about hurdling fences, shinnying up trees and swinging out of barn lofts on old, fraying ropes.’
- ‘Once the biologists finish a survey, the guaceros - armed with guns and climbing gear - shinny up the trees and steal the fledglings.’
- ‘He shinnied up it quickly and began carefully testing his weight on the small deck of the first house.’
- ‘At around 2: 00 a.m. the youngster shinnied up a phone pipe, entered a school through the second storey window, and stole three books, four pencils, and some money.’
- ‘Sometimes you ran for the nearest tree and shinnied up it.’
- ‘Soon the steepness decreased, but the climbing remained strenuous for the next two hours as we shinnied up complex chimneys and followed jagged ridges.’
- ‘She then followed his gaze to the bleachers, where a minute figure was attempting to shinny down the vertical railing on one side.’
- ‘I was aware of my body at that time in terms of what it did for me (I could shinny up trees) and how I felt (whether I had an upset stomach or was feeling okay).’
- ‘Slowly, I wrapped my legs around the tree and used an old rope to shinny up.’
- ‘She's the one who hired the harvester, who shinnied up the trunk with a machete; and negotiated with the kaaikkaaran.’
- ‘Once a week, however, it shinnied down a trunk to the ground where it took a long, healthy shoot at the base of the tree.’
- ‘Seed collectors still use the traditional method of shinnying up the palm trunk, but they must be registered, as it takes years of experience to do the job properly.’
Late 19th century: from the noun shin + -y.
nounmass nounNorth American
An informal form of ice hockey played especially by children, on the street or on ice, often with a ball or other object in place of a puck.‘we used to play shinny on the canal with tin cans’
- ‘He often encourages youngsters to spend time on rinks and ponds on their own time, unstructured, playing shinny, etc. to develop such skills.’
- ‘If it's true, why not just put a fan behind the bench and let the players run themselves, choose their own lines, create a system - or more likely not - and just go play a little shinny for Stanley?’
- ‘While the big boys get the five-ring spotlight in Utah, the lads who didn't get a call to national service only can get up a game of shinny.’
- ‘Who can't remember playing shinny until you couldn't feel the tips of your toes?’
- ‘We are looking for boys and girls of all ages from across the Southeast interested in playing daytime shinny hockey (no formal teams) this summer.’
- ‘You went down to a local pond, and you jumped into a game of shinny hockey and all five guys or six guys chased around the puck.’
- ‘This isn't about shinny with friends laughing and playing together.’
- ‘A casual game of shinny and a little training later, he felt the rush.’
Variant of shinty.
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