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)
to force into a limited or tight space: Can you shoehorn four of us into the back seat of your car?

1580–90; shoe + horn Unabridged
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shoehorn (ˈʃuːˌhɔːn)
1.  a smooth curved implement of horn, metal, plastic, etc, inserted at the heel of a shoe to ease the foot into it
2.  (tr) to cram (people or things) into a very small space

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Word Origin & History

1589, from shoe + horn; earlier shoeing-horn (1440). The verb in the fig. sense of "to put or thrust (something somewhere) by means of a 'tool' " is recorded from 1859. Earlier it meant "to cuckold" (c.1650), with a play on horn.
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Example sentences
Attorneys will shoehorn into their arguments any information they can find that
  might further their ends.
To try to shoehorn such large issues into this debate is unreasonable.
When you spend a lot of time developing it, you almost want to shoehorn it into
  a situation.
So they don't take a model and shoehorn it into someplace.
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