a string or lace for fastening a shoe.

1640–50; shoe + lace Unabridged
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shoelace (ˈʃuːˌleɪs)
a cord or lace for fastening shoes

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Example sentences
It's the kind of thing you don't want to get your shoelace stuck in.
The watch receives radio signals from a small plastic device strapped to a
  runner's shoelace.
Make a bow from a shoelace or thong and use it to constantly spin a stick
  against a wooden board surrounded by tinder.
If a shoelace came untied, it meant running the bleachers.
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