A scamp. To shack or shackle is to tie a log to a horse, and
send it out to feed on the stubble after harvest. A shack is either a
beast so shackled, the right of sending a beast to the stubble, or the
stubble itself. Applied to men, a shack is a jade, a stubble-feeder,
one bearing the same ratio to a well-to-do man as a jade sent to
graze on a common bears to a well-stalled horse. (Anglo-Saxon, sceacul; Arabic, shakal, to tie the feet of a beast.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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