One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbshinnying, shinnied, shinniesNorth American
- ‘he loved to shinny up that tree’another term for shimmy
- ‘She's the one who hired the harvester, who shinnied up the trunk with a machete; and negotiated with the kaaikkaaran.’
- ‘Sometimes you ran for the nearest tree and shinnied up it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She then followed his gaze to the bleachers, where a minute figure was attempting to shinny down the vertical railing on one side.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I grinned and shinnied up a side rope ladder up to the mast almost.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘Once the biologists finish a survey, the guaceros - armed with guns and climbing gear - shinny up the trees and steal the fledglings.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Soon the steepness decreased, but the climbing remained strenuous for the next two hours as we shinnied up complex chimneys and followed jagged ridges.’
- ‘Slowly, I wrapped my legs around the tree and used an old rope to shinny up.’
Late 19th century: from the noun shin + -y.
An informal form of ice hockey played especially by children, on the street or on ice.‘we used to play shinny on the canal with tin cans’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This isn't about shinny with friends laughing and playing together.’
- ‘He often encourages youngsters to spend time on rinks and ponds on their own time, unstructured, playing shinny, etc. to develop such skills.’
- ‘Who can't remember playing shinny until you couldn't feel the tips of your toes?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A casual game of shinny and a little training later, he felt the rush.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
Variant of shinty.
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