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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How to use shoehorn in a sentence
Even adults like to shoehorn their bottoms into a malleable rubber swing and take a ride down memory lane.
It might difficult, however, to shoehorn Mourdock into the role of Tea Party wacko.Richard Lugar Loses GOP Indiana Senate Primary by Landslide | Lloyd Grove | May 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is likely to shoehorn her pain into lugubrious scenarios that are perfect for country-music videos.
To dig up de profundis a shoehorn that you need is a more remarkable achievement than to unearth a new Pompeii.Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
He had a shaven cranium, and his tight scalp might have been slipped over the bony bosses of his head with a shoehorn.Old Junk | H. M. Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for shoehorn
a smooth curved implement of horn, metal, plastic, etc, inserted at the heel of a shoe to ease the foot into it
(tr) to cram (people or things) into a very small space
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