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shoe leather

noun
1.
leather used to make shoes
2.
save shoe leather, to avoid wearing out shoes, as by taking a bus rather than walking
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  • The lights did not go out in quarters, and the guard turned out with much noise of shoe leather and rattle of guns.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • Then why in the sacred name of shoe leather were you going to eat it?

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • There's scarcely anything left outside a crowd of low offenders who are not worth the shoe leather expended in pursuing them.

    Monsieur Lecoq, v.1 Emile Gaboriau
  • His grey eyes took in the other's form from head to shoe leather.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Many men have declared that C.M., as he is known to his friends, is the best salesman that ever stepped in shoe leather.

    United States Steel Arundel Cotter
  • If we expect God to furnish the flannel and the shoe leather, we are not.

    In the Days of Poor Richard Irving Bacheller
  • What will be the end of all this kicking about and expense of shoe leather I cannot say.

    The Life of a Regimental Officer A. F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • The principal danger, however, to a moderately prudent tourist is to his shoe leather.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • We had to go down into a pit, where there was heated slag on all sides, using boards to save scorching our shoe leather.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • "The takingest chap that ever stood in shoe leather," cried young Harris with a rush.

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