shoestring

[shoo-string]
noun
1.
a shoelace.
2.
a very small amount of money.
3.
shoestrings, shoestring potatoes.
adjective
4.
consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money: living on a shoestring budget.

Origin:
1610–20; shoe + string

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shoestring (ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ)
 
n
1.  another word for shoelace
2.  informal
 a.  a very small or petty amount of money (esp in the phrase on a shoestring)
 b.  (as modifier): a shoestring budget

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shoestring definition


  1. mod.
    low-cost; cheap. (See also on a shoestring.) : We have nothing but a shoestring budget this year.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Idioms & Phrases

shoestring

see on a shoestring.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
It also costs to recruit subjects, and this study was done on a shoestring
  budget.
In graduate school, you learn how to live on a shoestring.
But despite the cuts, many parks do continue to run a shoestring budget.
From a shoestring family startup less than four years ago it's become a big
  success.
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