Meaning of “shank” in the English Dictionary

"shank" in British English

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shanknoun [ C ]

uk /ʃæŋk/ us /ʃæŋk/

shankverb [ T ]

uk /ʃæŋk/ us /ʃæŋk/

in golf, to hit a ball with the wrong part of the golf club so that it goes in a direction that you did not intend it to go in:

Needing par at 18 to force a playoff, he shanked his approach shot from the bunker.

in ball games, to kick or hit a ball in an awkward way so that it goes in a direction that you did not intend it to go in:

Unfortunately he shanked the ball wide in front of an open goal.

(Definition of “shank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)