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shoehorn

[ shoo-hawrn ]
/ ˈʃuˌhɔrn /
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noun
a shaped piece of horn, metal, or the like, inserted in the heel of a shoe to make it slip on more easily.
verb (used with object)
to force into a limited or tight space: Can you shoehorn four of us into the back seat of your car?
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Origin of shoehorn

First recorded in 1580–90; shoe + horn
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British Dictionary definitions for shoehorn

shoehorn
/ (ˈʃuːˌhɔːn) /

noun
a smooth curved implement of horn, metal, plastic, etc, inserted at the heel of a shoe to ease the foot into it
verb
(tr) to cram (people or things) into a very small space
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