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[hwahyt-shoo, wahyt] /ˈʰwaɪtˈʃu, ˈwaɪt/
of or relating to members of the upper class who own or run large corporations:
white-shoe bankers; a conservative white-shoe image.
Origin of white-shoe
First recorded in 1975-80; apparently from the white shoes popular as moderately formal wear among suburban men c1980 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A shadow fell across the path; across the bride's white shoe.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • Down came the other white shoe on the carpet with no more noise than a rose-petal falling.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • There must be money enough up attic in that white shoe to change a five and probably a ten.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • "I'm surprised you did not stay longer in New York," Sylvia observed, gazing reflectively at her white shoe.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • Change in last scene to tight-fitting black suit, ruffled collar and cravat, white shoe guards, black square-crowned hat.

    By Force of Impulse Harry V. Vogt
  • From the tip of her white shoe to the tip of her hat she was the futile and exquisite essence of Gotham.

    Quick Action Robert W. Chambers
Slang definitions & phrases for white shoe

white shoe

adjective phrase

(also white-shoe) Having the attitudes, appearance, etc, of the Ivy League: Do I look white shoe?/ a Harvard-educated bluestocking who practiced white-shoe corporate law

noun phrase

A typical Ivy League student

[1980s+; fr the white buckskin shoes that were part of that student's dress]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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