shoestring

[ shoo-string ]
/ ˈʃuˌstrɪŋ /

noun

a shoelace.
a very small amount of money.
shoestrings. shoestring potatoes.

adjective

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
/ (ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ) /

noun

another word for shoelace
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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