white-shoe

[ hwahyt-shoo, wahyt ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˈʃu, ˈwaɪt /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. white-knuckle,
  2. white-knuckle paddler,
  3. white-livered,
  4. white-pine weevil,
  5. white-robed,
  6. white-slaver,
  7. white-slaving,
  8. white-tailed deer,
  9. white-tailed kite,
  10. white-tailed sea eagle

Origin of white-shoe

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

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