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shoestring

[shoo-string] /ˈʃuˌstrɪŋ/
noun
1.
a shoelace.
2.
a very small amount of money.
3.
shoestrings, shoestring potatoes.
adjective
4.
consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money:
living on a shoestring budget.
Origin of shoestring
1610-1620
1610-20; shoe + string
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Examples from the Web for shoe-string
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  • But here I did the gypsies great injustice; for they will allow their likenesses to be taken if you will give them a shoe-string.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • She was speechless, because she had just crammed an entire licorice 'shoe-string' into her mouth.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • But a girl only has to go down-town with a shoe-string unfastened, and every man who sees her will change his mind about her.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • To the length of his shoe-string and the color of his doublet.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • But in deference to her mother's feelings the girl set her teeth, and bound her hair closely to her head with a shoe-string.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • Clarke had saved the game for Pittsburg in the sixth inning by a shoe-string.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • She now dressed her hair in two122 braids instead of one, and these braids were tied with ribbons instead of a shoe-string.

  • I never bought nothin' new for any of my feet, not even a shoe-string.

British Dictionary definitions for shoe-string

shoestring

/ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ/
noun
1.
another word for shoelace
2.
(informal)
  1. a very small or petty amount of money (esp in the phrase on a shoestring)
  2. (as modifier): a shoestring budget
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Word Origin and History for shoe-string
n.

1610s, from shoe (n.) + string (n.). As figurative for "a small amount" it is recorded from 1882; as a type of necktie, from 1903; as a style of cooked potatoes from 1906.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shoe-string

shoe

Related Terms

gumshoe, white shoe

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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Idioms and Phrases with shoe-string

shoestring

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