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shoehorn

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noun shoe·horn \-ˌhȯrn\

Simple Definition of shoehorn

  • : a curved device that you use to slide the heel of your foot into a shoe

Full Definition of shoehorn

  1. :  a curved piece (as of horn, wood, or metal) used in putting on a shoe


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shoehorn

transitive verb shoe·horn

Simple Definition of shoehorn

  • : to force (something or someone) into a small space, a short period of time, etc.

Full Definition of shoehorn

  1. 1 :  to force to be included or admitted <shoehorned irrelevant arguments into his essay>

  2. 2 :  to force or compress into an insufficient space or period of time :  squeeze <shoehorn the past, present, and future into about 500 pages — Otis Port>

Examples of shoehorn

  1. A parking garage has been shoehorned between the buildings.

  2. She's trying to shoehorn a year's worth of classes into a single semester.

  3. I don't know how they managed to shoehorn everyone into that little room.



1859

First Known Use of shoehorn

1859


SHOEHORN Defined for Kids

shoehorn

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noun shoe·horn \ˈshü-ˌhȯrn\

Definition of shoehorn

  1. :  a curved piece (as of metal) to help in sliding the heel of the foot into a shoe




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