- a shoelace.
- a very small amount of money.
- shoestrings. shoestring potatoes.
- consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money: living on a shoestring budget.
Origin of shoestring
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Examples from the Web for shoe-string
Neither is it some bush-league Johnny-come-lately gathering with C-list speakers and a shoe-string budget.CPAC: Come for the Crazy, Stay for the Party
March 7, 2014
Passion, which he financed and produced, grossed $370 million worldwide on a shoe-string budget of $30 million.Mel Gibson's Downfall
July 12, 2010
He heard, and, loosening his shoe-string, drew a shoe from his foot and looked at the sole.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
She was speechless, because she had just crammed an entire licorice 'shoe-string' into her mouth.Atlantic Narratives
To the length of his shoe-string and the color of his doublet.Sir Christopher
Maud Wilder Goodwin
Clarke had saved the game for Pittsburg in the sixth inning by a shoe-string.Pitching in a Pinch
Say, didn't you never have to tie up your hair with a shoe-string?The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- another word for shoelace
- a very small or petty amount of money (esp in the phrase on a shoestring)
- (as modifier)a shoestring budget
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Word Origin and History for shoe-string
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Idioms and Phrases with shoe-string
see on a shoestring.
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