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shoelace

[shoo-leys] /ˈʃuˌleɪs/
noun
1.
a string or lace for fastening a shoe.
Origin of shoelace
1640-1650
1640-50; shoe + lace
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  • Casey nervously undid a shoelace, retieing it with meticulous care.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • You can thank your lucky stars that your shoelace came untied.

  • On the driver's seat one's feet were on the shafts and one had a view of every rag and shoelace the harness was patched with.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • While Urquhart was playing his shoelace became loosened, and he stooped to tie it.

  • One leg was thrown over the other knee, and the long, nervous fingers of the right hand played with the shoelace.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Rick balanced on one leg, one hand on Scotty's shoulder, the other hand fumbling with the shoelace on his lifted foot.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for shoelace

shoelace

/ˈʃuːˌleɪs/
noun
1.
a cord or lace for fastening shoes
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Word Origin and History for shoelace
n.

1640s, from shoe (n.) + lace (n.).

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