1. Any crude, sharp weapon created from otherwise non-imposing objects. Screwdrivers, socket wrenches and hammers are not considered "shanks" because (a) they are not homemade, (b) they are not "crude," improvised weapons, (c) tools are inherently dangerous to begin with, and (d) none of them, with the exception of the screwdriver, are sharp objects. Shanks are created by the desperate for the purpose of stabbing, not bludgeoning
A true shank would be something like:
- A broken piece of glass with a wrapped towel for a handle.
- A broken piece of plexiglass. Prison lunch trays are made of plexiglass, so shattering one might yield a suitable shank.
- A sharpened piece of wood, usually whittled into a stake rather than a shank, but as it is used for stabbing it is considered a shank nonetheless.
- A sharpened piece of scrap metal. Can be pilfered from just about anywhere.
2. A shank is also the U-shaped part of a padlock, or any other narrow-but-essential part of an object.
1. "See this carrot? This carrot's raw
. I'm gonna shank
2. "I can't lock this damn thing; I think the shank
Towards the end of Konami
's Metal Gear Solid 2
), a computer AI operating under the alias of Colonel Campbell
becomes infected with a computer virus codenamed "GW
." The virus proceeds to scramble the AI's memory and logic, causing the AI Campbell imposter to utter numerous phrases of complete nonsense, among them the phrase "...I need scissors
!" It is part of a longer quote, listed below.
The phrase "I need scissors!" has no particular or coherent meaning, as it is simply the product of a horribly scrambled AI.
"I hear its amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with the tuning fork does a raw blink on Hari Kiri Rock. I need scissors! 61!"
Spidey: "My doctor's retarded. I don't have a brain tumor...say, if it isn't my old arch-nemesis, a truck!"
Narr: SPIDER-MAN GIVES CHASE!
(Spider-Man swings down toward the truck)
(Spider-Man collides with truck)
Terminology related to the BDSM
lifestyle. A "shrimper" is a person who derives sexual satisfaction from sucking toes.
No example provided for "Shrimper."
Another word for extortion
, or the obtaining of a good or service through means of force, threats/intimidation, or abuse of power.
by force, threats and intimidation:
would usually give small business owners "the shakedown
," in which if the owner did not pay protection money
") to the Mafia Don
, their store would mysteriously be firebombed
by vandals (read: Mafia thugs
) who presumably would have been deterred if the owner had opted to partake in the Mafia
by abuse of power:
City councils are notorious for shakedowns by abuse of power. Suppose you bought a house for an inflated price of $50000, before property values started declining. The state wants to build a highway, and decides that your house is in the way. You don't want to move, but they offer you $25000 to pack up and leave. If you don't leave, the council will employ the eminent domain laws, which will simply *force* you to leave and *force* you to accept a measly compensation of $15000 (fair market value) for your property. While such practice is actually legal, it's st...
Shorthand term for Mandrax
(pronounced "Mandrakes"), a line of highly addictive British pharmaceutical tablets no longer in legal production. They act as barbiturates
") and were prescribed as sleeping aids in the late 60s and early 70s. They are prevalent on the drug market in many African countries, as well as a few south Asian countries. As Mandrax was initially produced in pill form and meant to be taken orally, many abusers ground up the pills and smoke them with Dagga
, because like most other illicit substances, the effects are greatly enhanced when snorted, smoked, consumed in conjunction with alcohol or injected into the bloodstream. Short-term side effects are not much worse than your average anti-depressant (cramps, headaches, emotional problems, etc.) but loss of muscle control (resulting in the user suddenly collapsing) and toxin-induced psychosis have also been found to result from Mandrax use.
"Wanna buy some mandies, Bob?" - Frank Zappa, "Flakes"
Mandrax (pronounced "mandrakes
" and often misspelled as such) is the name of a particular quaalude
that was first manufactured in Britain during the late 60s and early 70s. Its active ingredient is Methaqualone
, which is chemically and functionally related to barbiturates
. Street names for Mandrakes include "mandies
," and "white pipe
." Mandrax tablets were initially a controlled substance
prescribed as a sleeping aid but were pulled off the market and banned because of their extremely high dependancy (addiction
Though legal production of Mandrax ceased long ago, it is still illegally manufactured in many African and south Asian countries and is fighting a losing battle with crack cocaine
on the African drug market
. Mandrax tablets were designed to be taken orally but current tre...