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[haf-sohl, hahf-]
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verb (used with object), half-soled, half-sol·ing.
  1. to repair or renew (a shoe) by putting on a new half sole.

Origin of half-sole

First recorded in 1785–95

half sole

  1. that part of the sole of a boot or shoe that extends from the shank to the end of the toe.

Origin of half sole

First recorded in 1860–65
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Historical Examples

  • "You can trim your toenails with it and half-sole your boots," he said.

    The Duke Of Chimney Butte

    G. W. Ogden

British Dictionary definitions for half-sole


  1. a sole from the shank of a shoe to the toe
  1. (tr) to replace the half-sole of (a shoe)
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