shoe-leath·​er ˈshü-ˌle-t͟hər How to pronounce shoe-leather (audio)
: involving or using basic, direct, or old-fashioned methods
shoe-leather journalism

Examples of shoe-leather in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The one piece of advice she’s found comforting is that some owners are able to recover their dogs, either through a reward or shoe-leather canvassing. William Wan, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Others pursued old-school, shoe-leather journalism, forming teams to visit refugee camps and document allegations of war crimes, and collected evidence by transferring videos via Bluetooth or USB drives. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 The series has its cake and eats it, too, blending high-stakes, shoe-leather reporting with thriller sizzle. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoe-leather was in 1951

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“Shoe-leather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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