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shoehorn

[shoo-hawrn] /ˈʃuˌhɔrn/
noun
1.
a shaped piece of horn, metal, or the like, inserted in the heel of a shoe to make it slip on more easily.
verb (used with object)
2.
to force into a limited or tight space:
Can you shoehorn four of us into the back seat of your car?
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; shoe + horn
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British Dictionary definitions for shoe horn

shoehorn

/ˈʃuːˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a smooth curved implement of horn, metal, plastic, etc, inserted at the heel of a shoe to ease the foot into it
verb
2.
(transitive) to cram (people or things) into a very small space
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Word Origin and History for shoe horn

shoehorn

n.

1580s, from shoe (n.) + horn (n.); earlier shoeing-horn (mid-15c.).

v.

in the figurative sense of "to put or thrust (something somewhere) by means of a 'tool,' " 1859, from shoehorn (n.). Earlier it meant "to cuckold" (mid-17c.), with a play on horn.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shoe horn

shoehorn

verb

To insinuate by effort; force or fit in:Attorney General Griffin Bell managed to shoehorn an energy pitch into a speech


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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