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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
1610-1620
1610-20; shoe + string
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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

shoestring

adjective

Tight; low-cost: shoestring budget


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