- an act or instance of cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes.
- the surface of a polished shoe or shoes.
Origin of shoeshine
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Examples from the Web for shoe-shine
She has dressed in a red sweater and plied her trade, for a day, as a shoe-shine boy.An Ocean Tramp
As a matter of fact, the social atmosphere of Nome now demands a white collar and a shoe-shine.The Land of Nome
You with your pretty man suit and your hair and finger-nails polished like a shoe-shine.Just Around the Corner
Of course one has to clean one's own boots, unless one is near a "Shoe-shine Parlour" in some large town.Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan
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- the act or an instance of polishing a pair of shoes
- the appearance or shiny surface of polished shoes
Word Origin and History for shoe-shine
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