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[shoo-blak] /ˈʃuˌblæk/
Origin of shoeblack
1745-55; shoe + black Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He carefully made détours to escape these, and the shoeblack boys with whom he had been held in high favour.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Near at hand was seated a shoeblack, to whom he went to have his boots repolished.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • If for any reason this does not happen, a larger brush can be cut from wood or cardboard and pasted over the shoeblack's hand.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • The shoeblack consented, and a price was fixed upon and paid.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
  • I was so pleased that I gave half a franc to a pestilential Arab shoeblack.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • Doubleday,” he said, when that youth entered, “we want you to bring here a shoeblack.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • A specimen of city rhetoric is given in the shoeblack; the country mendicant's eloquence is of a totally different species.

  • Do you resign the pen for the brush, to save your paying tribute to the shoeblack?

    Economic Sophisms Frederic Bastiat
  • He would not mind her marrying a shoeblack if only he could debase his own family.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • Such an event as a shoeblack in South Audley Street was not to be passed by.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for shoeblack


(esp formerly) a person who shines boots and shoes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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