Definition 1: A Shank is a swift jab to the side of the body, usually in or under the rib cage.
Definition 2: A swift hit that does not hurt,but usually hits in a part of the body that will make the person being hit jump up (Jump up in shock because it is usually done from behind when the reciever isnt aware of it), move to the side, (if sitting) fall out of their chair (or take the whole chair down with them), or turn around fastly in shock of not knowing what just hit them.
Further Explanation: Being shanked feels like a knife going into your side without breaking into the skin. It feels like this because usually it the part of the hand that goes into the reciever's side is finger tips first. Almost the second your hand hits them you pull it away and it leaves a very weird, shocking feeling in their side. This is most often used/seen in class(mainly to make the reciever jump or make some sort of shout to get him/her in trouble or disrupt the class) or in the school hallways.
Bob: Yo guys watch this im gonna shank Joe.
Jack: Haha I wanna see this!
*Bob creeps up behind Joe*
*Bob quickly Shanks Joe and then runs back to Jack*
*Joe Jumps up in shock*
Joe: Ouch! What hit me?
*Bob and Jack laugh*
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