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shoetree

[ shoo-tree ]
/ ˈʃuˌtri /
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noun

one of a pair of foot-shaped devices, usually of metal or wood, for placing in a shoe to maintain its shape when it is not being worn.

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Origin of shoetree

First recorded in 1820–30; shoe + tree
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British Dictionary definitions for shoetree

shoetree
/ (ˈʃuːˌtriː) /

noun

a wooden or metal form inserted into a shoe or boot to stretch it or preserve its shape
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