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shoestring

[shoo-string]
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noun
  1. a shoelace.
  2. a very small amount of money.
  3. shoestrings. shoestring potatoes.
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adjective
  1. consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money: living on a shoestring budget.
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Origin of shoestring

First recorded in 1610–20; shoe + string
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British Dictionary definitions for shoestring

shoestring

noun
  1. another word for shoelace
  2. 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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Idioms and Phrases with shoestring

shoestring

see on a shoestring.

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