shoestring

[ shoo-string ]
/ ˈʃuˌstrɪŋ /
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noun

a shoelace.
a very small amount of money.
shoestrings. shoestring potatoes.

adjective

consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money: living on a shoestring budget.

Nearby words

  1. shoemaker,
  2. shoemaker-levy 9,
  3. shoepac,
  4. shoer,
  5. shoeshine,
  6. shoestring catch,
  7. shoestring potatoes,
  8. shoestring root rot,
  9. shoestring tackle,
  10. shoetree

Origin of shoestring

First recorded in 1610–20; shoe + string

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British Dictionary definitions for shoe-string

shoestring

/ (ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ) /

noun

another word for shoelace
informal
  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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Word Origin and History for shoe-string

shoe-string

n.

1610s, from shoe (n.) + string (n.). As figurative for "a small amount" it is recorded from 1882; as a type of necktie, from 1903; as a style of cooked potatoes from 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shoe-string

shoestring

see on a shoestring.

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