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[shoo-shahyn] /ˈʃuˌʃaɪn/
an act or instance of cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes.
the surface of a polished shoe or shoes.
Origin of shoeshine
shoe + shine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for shoe-shine
Historical Examples
  • As a matter of fact, the social atmosphere of Nome now demands a white collar and a shoe-shine.

    The Land of Nome Lanier McKee
  • She has dressed in a red sweater and plied her trade, for a day, as a shoe-shine boy.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • You with your pretty man suit and your hair and finger-nails polished like a shoe-shine.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • Of course one has to clean one's own boots, unless one is near a "shoe-shine Parlour" in some large town.

    Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan Frances Halton Eva Hasell
British Dictionary definitions for shoe-shine


the act or an instance of polishing a pair of shoes
the appearance or shiny surface of polished shoes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoe-shine

1911, from shoe (n.) + shine (n.). One who shines shoes for money was a shoeblacker (1755).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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