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[shoo-string] /ˈʃuˌstrɪŋ/
a shoelace.
a very small amount of money.
shoestrings, shoestring potatoes.
consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money:
living on a shoestring budget.
Origin of shoestring
1610-20; shoe + string Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Littleneck clams come hidden under a thatched roof of shoestring fries-parsnip, not potato.
  • Others are operating on a shoestring, competing for the sheer thrill of it.
  • These efforts are shoestring operations, often staffed by volunteers and using donated equipment and telephone lines.
  • Some are shoestring operations run by moderate clerics to meet the educational needs of the poor.
  • Thirty-six days into his trek, he removed his mitts to fix a broken shoestring and developed frostbite.
  • We're doing this on a shoestring, and we're hoping to get industrial investors.
British Dictionary definitions for shoestring


another word for shoelace
  1. a very small or petty amount of money (esp in the phrase on a shoestring)
  2. (as modifier): a shoestring budget
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gumshoe, white shoe

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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