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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ankle
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a thigh/hip/ankle etc bone
▪ He was so thin that his hip bones were sticking out.
ankle boots (=only as high as your ankles)
▪ Ankle boots are fashionable again this autumn.
ankle/knee socks
▪ The girls wore navy dresses and white ankle socks.
sprained...ankle
▪ I fell down the steps and sprained my ankle.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
broken
▪ Lynne Deeley suffered a crushed pelvis, multiple fractures to her leg, a broken ankle and head injuries.
▪ Flanker Len Dineen received a broken ankle, and no.8 Victor Donnelly knee ligament damage.
▪ She suffered a broken ankle and was also treated at Dryburn.
▪ Another man had his leg in plaster, recovering from a broken ankle.
▪ It was just 12 months ago that he sustained a broken ankle against Leigh tomorrow's home opponents.
injured
▪ Upon entering the range Jakobs, because of his injured ankle, was permitted to sit in a chair.
▪ He tried once or twice before hopping to the farmhouse, wincing in pain whenever he jolted the injured ankle.
▪ The patient's name was Wayne Benfield and he'd been coming into the centre for daily dressings to an injured ankle.
▪ Vernon was sitting in his armchair by the fire, his injured ankle propped on a telephone book.
left
▪ Diana fell badly on the ski slopes, tearing all the tendons in her left ankle.
▪ After two games in right field last week, Bonilla sprained his left ankle.
▪ She stepped on to the tall boy's left ankle.
▪ His somnolent reaction was to twist half around-exposing his left ankle and leg.
▪ The way Strug fought off numbing pain in her left ankle after a fall on her second-to-last vault.
▪ It was his left ankle which always seemed to cause problems.
▪ In the second game against Atlanta, he injured his left ankle and was inactive the rest of the season.
right
▪ This made her left foot very cold, so she twisted it round her right ankle.
▪ He got permission to fly home to Detroit for a look-see at his troubled right ankle.
▪ He had hurt his right ankle and it was too painful to put to the ground.
▪ Defensive tackle Bryant Young sprained his right ankle and is questionable.
▪ Being a large woman, she'd landed heavily, badly hurting her left hip, her right knee and ankle.
▪ Left tackle Derrick Deese sprained his right ankle when Steve Young rolled on his leg.
▪ Full-back Tony Clement is also out after suffering a stress fracture of the right ankle and is replaced by Mike Rayer.
sprained
▪ Looking after a young woman with a sprained ankle, no job and no family was one thing.
▪ Full day care facilities are available on request. Sprained ankle?
▪ Look, what you've got at the present moment, Private Nobody, is a badly sprained ankle.
▪ Consuelo had taken them out to get at the anti-inflammatory tablets for the patient with the sprained ankle.
▪ The result was a severely sprained left ankle which left me unable to walk.
white
▪ Scottie is mainly black, with a white chest and white ankle socks on black legs.
▪ She was wearing Ray-Bans, a pale blue sunsuit, and white ankle socks under ivory-colored high-heeled espadrilles.
■ NOUN
injury
▪ He is suffering from an ankle injury and a virus infection.
▪ He had been slowed by an ankle injury and was replaced by Jerry Olsavsky.
▪ He also wants Andersson to have treatment on an ankle injury he picked up in training.
▪ Terry Battle, normally the No. 2 tailback, played briefly because of an ankle injury.
▪ Leeds have acting captain Gary McAllister fit after an ankle injury.
▪ Last employed by Houston, he is trying to recover from a career-threatening ankle injury.
▪ Ronnie Carey: nursing an ankle injury which may force him to sit out Dungannon's opening All-Ireland League fixture.
▪ For the Falcons, C Roman Fortin is out with an ankle injury.
ligament
▪ Vinny Samways is definitely out after damaging ankle ligaments at Coventry.
▪ Phelan will be out for three weeks with damaged ankle ligaments and Hughes also has an ankle injury.
▪ Following summer surgery on his damaged ankle ligaments, Sterland hoped to return in Jim Beglin's testimonial against Liverpool.
▪ Jenkins is still suffering from the effects of an ankle ligament injury.
▪ He damaged ankle ligaments in the defeat at Chesterfield last Saturday and will be out for about three weeks.
▪ Ray Daniel, Pompey's regular left-back, will be out for three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments against Millwall.
▪ Now he is facing his toughest fight yet - back to fitness after suffering a fractured fibula and damaged ankle ligaments.
▪ Ince needed long treatment and it was later discovered he had damaged ankle ligaments.
sock
▪ She was wearing Ray-Bans, a pale blue sunsuit, and white ankle socks under ivory-colored high-heeled espadrilles.
sprain
▪ Case No. 5: 58 year-old woman fell, sustaining a left ankle sprain and bruising over the ankle and tibia.
■ VERB
break
▪ They stuffed a sock into her mouth, pushed her inside and kicked her to the floor breaking her ankle and wrist.
▪ Joe Wolf returns after missing the last part of the season with a broken ankle.
▪ He knows when he does he's going to break his ankle.
▪ In Calgary, his role is one of their top enforcers, with Sandy McCarthy sidelined by a broken ankle.
▪ A flight attendant was thrown to the floor, breaking her ankle.
▪ Metz augured in right behind him, breaking an ankle.
▪ Twelve days after changing his spikes, J.. Mark Jennings slipped at a different club and broke his ankle.
cross
▪ Its limbs were delicately crossed at wrists and ankles.
▪ Lying down with hands at either side of your head, raise your knees and cross the ankles.
▪ Still lying on the floor, raise your knees and cross the ankles.
▪ She crossed her ankles and leaned back, resting on one elbow and facing the door.
grab
▪ As he struggled past the soldier grabbed his ankle.
▪ He routinely had us grabbing our ankles to receive his stinging paddle across our butts.
▪ And what if some one actually grabbed hold of my ankle and wrestled me to the ground?
▪ It grabs her by the ankles and keeps her earthbound.
hurt
▪ He had hurt his right ankle and it was too painful to put to the ground.
▪ When the horse slips, its rider hurts his ankle.
▪ He hurt his back and ankle baling out.
▪ Especially the one who hurt her ankle and kept on competing.
injure
▪ However, Sapolu injured an ankle in the game and on Thursday his status was downgraded from questionable to doubtful.
▪ Clare Wood has found herself restricted to doubles this week after injuring her right ankle in a basketball accident 10 days ago.
▪ In the second game against Atlanta, he injured his left ankle and was inactive the rest of the season.
leave
▪ Jesse Sapolu, who normally would back up Brown, is also out with a sprained left ankle....
▪ Backup guard / center Jesse Sapolu is questionable with a sprained left ankle.
▪ Jesse Sapolu, who serves as backup to both Dalman and Brown, is listed as questionable with a sprained left ankle.
▪ Midfielder Ramiro Corrales returned from under-20 national team duty, but is doubtful with a sprained left ankle....
▪ He missed 21 games with a fractured left ankle.
▪ Bimbo Coles had spent the last four games watching from the sidelines, too, while recuperating from a sprained left ankle.
pull
▪ Now take hold of your top leg by the ankle and pull back the leg as far as possible without straining.
▪ But then hands of steel get hold of my ankles and start pulling at me - pulling pulling pulling.
▪ But they're not steel now, they're snakes, and they're coiling round my ankles, still relentlessly pulling.
recover
▪ Whyte has recovered from the ankle twisted in last week's 4-0 defeat at Manchester City.
▪ Last employed by Houston, he is trying to recover from a career-threatening ankle injury.
▪ Another man had his leg in plaster, recovering from a broken ankle.
suffer
▪ She suffered a broken ankle and was also treated at Dryburn.
▪ He is suffering from an ankle injury and a virus infection.
swell
▪ Her skinny legs and swollen ankles, covered with white stockings, rest unnaturally on the footrests of her chair.
▪ Usually less serious, but just as annoying, are swollen ankles and leg cramps that can strike.
▪ Flights in close quarters can also lead to back pain, swollen ankles, leg cramps and psychological distress.
tie
▪ I mean, who in their right mind would want to jump from a great height with elastic tied round their ankles?
▪ A noose was tied round his ankles and the free end led up over his back.
try
▪ Cross the ankles, then try to pull the legs apart, using the strength from the legs to work against themselves.
▪ Cross the ankles, then try to pull the legs apart.
twist
▪ As he fell, he twisted his ankle.
▪ Underfoot, ice forms sharp peaks and treacherous crevices for slipping, tripping and twisting ankles.
▪ If I had twisted my ankle, would people be making such a big deal of it?
▪ She twisted her ankle while getting off the lift and had made the long trip down in pain.
▪ One morning as she was rushing back to the changing rooms one of the models slipped and twisted her ankle.
▪ A broken heart is not the same as a twisted ankle.
▪ Unfortunately he added to his list of injuries by twisting an ankle on landing.
▪ This helps to avoid twisting an ankle when stalking these animals on the rocky terrain they favour.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bum ankle/leg etc
▪ C Jeremy Newberry, with a bum ankle and knee, is still expected to start.
a trick knee/ankle/shoulder etc
turn your ankle
▪ Disembarking from the steamer, she'd turned her ankle.
twist your ankle/wrist/knee
▪ As he fell, he twisted his ankle.
▪ Harriet slipped on the stairs and twisted her ankle.
▪ If I had twisted my ankle, would people be making such a big deal of it?
▪ One morning as she was rushing back to the changing rooms one of the models slipped and twisted her ankle.
▪ She twisted her ankle while getting off the lift and had made the long trip down in pain.
▪ Twice in the morning he left the field, limping and in pain after twisting his knee.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A few burns to the feet and ankles are picayune compared to what might have happened.
▪ At least it s his wrist not ankle.
▪ For a sprained ankle use rest, ice, compression and elevation.
▪ Goldie takes one look at Rainbow's shaggy ankles and sighs.
▪ He had been slowed by an ankle injury and was replaced by Jerry Olsavsky.
▪ He then jumped to avoid falling and broke his ankle.
▪ Her ankle was aching badly and she was hot and very fed up.
▪ Left tackle Derrick Deese sprained his right ankle when Steve Young rolled on his leg.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ankle

Ankle \An"kle\ ([a^][ng]"k'l), n. [OE. ancle, anclow, AS. ancleow; akin to Icel. ["o]kkla, ["o]kli, Dan. and Sw. ankel, D. enklaauw, enkel, G. enkel, and perh. OHG. encha, ancha thigh, shin: cf. Skr. anga limb, anguri finger. Cf. Haunch.] The joint which connects the foot with the leg; the tarsus.

Ankle bone, the bone of the ankle; the astragalus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ankle

Old English ancleow "ankle," from PIE root *ang-/*ank- "to bend" (see angle (n.)). The modern form seems to have been influenced by Old Norse ökkla or Old Frisian ankel, which are immediately from the Proto-Germanic form of the root (cognates: Middle High German anke "joint," German Enke "ankle"); the second element in the Old English, Old Norse and Old Frisian forms perhaps suggests claw (compare Dutch anklaauw), or it may be from influence of cneow "knee," or it may be diminutive suffix -el. Middle English writers distinguished inner ankle projection (hel of the ancle) from the outer (utter or utward).

Wiktionary
ankle

n. The skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint. vb. 1 (context US slang English) To walk. 2 (context cycling English) To cyclically angle the foot at the ankle while pedaling, to maximize the amount of work applied to the pedal during each revolution.

WordNet
ankle

n. a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus [syn: ankle joint, mortise joint, articulatio talocruralis]

Wikipedia
Ankle

The ankle, or the talocrural region, is the region where the foot and the leg meet. The ankle includes three joints: the ankle joint proper or talocrural joint, the subtalar joint, and the Inferior tibiofibular joint. The movements produced at this joint are dorsiflexion and plantarflexion of the foot. In common usage, the term ankle refers exclusively to the ankle region. In medical terminology, "ankle" (without qualifiers) can refer broadly to the region or specifically to the talocrural joint.

The main bones of the ankle region are the talus (in the foot), and the tibia and fibula (in the leg). The talocrural joint is a synovial hinge joint that connects the distal ends of the tibia and fibula in the lower limb with the proximal end of the talus. The articulation between the tibia and the talus bears more weight than that between the smaller fibula and the talus.

Usage examples of "ankle".

There he himself stood in a dark blue loincloth with a white pinstripe, his chest abloom with curly red hair and tasteful pseudo-tattoos, his fingers heavy with rings, his ankles clanking with bracelets.

Once inside the ablutions one of the interrogators pulled his underpants down around his ankles and ordered him to step out of them and bend over.

Gagged, tied and hanging naked by her ankles, Lynda Gough was abused sexually by both Frederick and Rosemary West.

Such eyes adazzle dancing with mine, such nimble and discreet ankles, such gimp English middles, and such a gay delight in the mere grace of the lilting and tripping beneath rafters ringing loud with thunder, that Pan himself might skip across a hundred furrows for sheer envy to witness.

The joints of the elbow, wrist, ankle, or toes, may, however, be affected with this disease, but we shall speak of it in this connection as affecting only the knee-joint.

I shall take leave to say that to throw away a new doublet of murry taffeta and a pair of stocks broidered with gold quirks about the ankles, not to make mention of a set of silver aiglets and a pair of trunk hose scarce worn, passeth the bounds of prodigality.

Scrambling to his feet, Alec glimpsed a pair of bony ankles at lynn Flewelling the head of the stairs.

As soon as she had done so, Maude strapped her wrists to the front legs of the apparatus, whilst Alice made her slim ankles fast to the other legs, thus spread-eagling her startlingly jutting, white, twitching bottom out and up in the most lascivious way, so that the secret ambery crease between the naked hillocks was lewdly distended and every portion of her private anatomy exposed not only to the gaze of her executioner but also to the searching tips of the slender withes of the fresh new rod which Maude now handed her chum with sparkling eyes.

Hunched in the dirt in a corner of the cook dugout, more tortured by the food smells than by the ropes cutting his ankles and wrists, Berel Jastrow takes one look at her face and decides to gamble.

He clicked the lighter shut, dropped it in his pocket, and leaned back on the edge of the table, his ankles crossed, his arms folded, frowning down over his shoulder at his bescribbled manuscript.

She failed by five, and was sentenced to a birthday birching which Maude herself applied whilst Alice was, still blind folded, undressed down to camisole and elegant black silk hose with purple rosette garters and tied with her arms in cross and her thighs widely yawned apart in the middle of the room, cords fixing to wrists and ankles being fixed at their other ends in turn to hooks set into the cellar wall.

Ox blundered into a golem that clamped his ankles and tangled his feet.

Despite the healing Bogie had begun on his right ankle, Purple had crude splints strapped to it.

There were comforting hands on Booce, on his shoulders and arm and ankle, for touching was the way of Citizens Tree.

On the counter behind her the cat, Bossy, was sitting patiently, but as soon as the cat saw me she jumped down, meowed a greeting and twined herself around my ankles, curled herself about my legs.