- to force into a limited or tight space: Can you shoehorn four of us into the back seat of your car?
Origin of shoehorn
Examples from the Web for shoehorn
Even adults like to shoehorn their bottoms into a malleable rubber swing and take a ride down memory lane.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
It might difficult, however, to shoehorn Mourdock into the role of Tea Party wacko.Richard Lugar Loses GOP Indiana Senate Primary by Landslide
May 9, 2012
She is likely to shoehorn her pain into lugubrious scenarios that are perfect for country-music videos.Battle of the Blondes
January 28, 2010
Do you know that some mornings he has to get his hat on with a shoehorn.Ulysses
He cant find a shoehorn with which to get into his breeches.Conscript 2989
Even if he had any flavor and wasn't tougher'n a shoehorn, he's too much for us to eat.The Black Fawn
James Arthur Kjelgaard
To dig up de profundis a shoehorn that you need is a more remarkable achievement than to unearth a new Pompeii.Bizarre
He certainly has arrived at what a witty American friend of mine would call the "Shoehorn stage."
- 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
Word Origin and History for shoehorn
in the figurative sense of "to put or thrust (something somewhere) by means of a 'tool,' " 1859, from shoehorn (n.). Earlier it meant "to cuckold" (mid-17c.), with a play on horn.