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shoehorn

[shoo-hawrn] /ˈʃuˌhɔrn/
noun
1.
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)
2.
to force into a limited or tight space:
Can you shoehorn four of us into the back seat of your car?
Origin of shoehorn
1580-1590
1580-90; shoe + horn
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  • He had a shaven cranium, and his tight scalp might have been slipped over the bony bosses of his head with a shoehorn.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • Do you know that some mornings he has to get his hat on with a shoehorn.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He cant find a shoehorn with which to get into his breeches.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
  • Even if he had any flavor and wasn't tougher'n a shoehorn, he's too much for us to eat.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • To dig up de profundis a shoehorn that you need is a more remarkable achievement than to unearth a new Pompeii.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • He certainly has arrived at what a witty American friend of mine would call the "shoehorn stage."

British Dictionary definitions for shoehorn

shoehorn

/ˈʃuːˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a smooth curved implement of horn, metal, plastic, etc, inserted at the heel of a shoe to ease the foot into it
verb
2.
(transitive) to cram (people or things) into a very small space
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Word Origin and History for shoehorn
n.

1580s, from shoe (n.) + horn (n.); earlier shoeing-horn (mid-15c.).

v.

in the figurative sense of "to put or thrust (something somewhere) by means of a 'tool,' " 1859, from shoehorn (n.). Earlier it meant "to cuckold" (mid-17c.), with a play on horn.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shoehorn

shock jock

noun phrase

A radio entertainer who uses vulgar and sensational language: The Federal Communications Commission is warning ''shock jocks'' that they will be fined if they broadcast indecent material during daylight hours (late 1980s+)

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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