white-shoe

[ hwahyt-shoo, wahyt ]

adjective
  1. of or relating to members of the upper class who own or run large corporations: white-shoe bankers; a conservative white-shoe image.

Origin of white-shoe

1
First recorded in 1975–80; apparently from the white shoes popular as moderately formal wear among suburban men c1980

Words Nearby white-shoe

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How to use white-shoe in a sentence

  • Change in last scene to tight-fitting black suit, ruffled collar and cravat, white shoe guards, black square-crowned hat.

    By Force of Impulse | Harry V. Vogt
  • A shadow fell across the path; across the bride's white shoe.

    The Boy with Wings | Berta Ruck
  • From beneath her skirt the toe of a small white shoe tapped the deck angrily.

    Dragon's blood | Henry Milner Rideout
  • He kicked one foot out, and disgustedly contemplated a burst white shoe, while the duck trousers cracked.

    Thrice Armed | Harold Bindloss
  • From the tip of her white shoe to the tip of her hat she was the futile and exquisite essence of Gotham.

    Quick Action | Robert W. Chambers