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shoehorn

noun shoe·horn \ ˈshü-ˌhȯrn \
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

Definition of shoehorn

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

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First Known Use of shoehorn

1589

in the meaning defined above

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shoehorn

verb

Definition of shoehorn

shoehorned; shoehorning; shoehorns
1 : to force to be included or admitted
  • shoehorned irrelevant arguments into his essay
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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of shoehorn from the Web

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First Known Use of shoehorn

1859

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shoehorn Synonyms

Related Words

fill, heap, jam-pack, load, pack;


SHOEHORN Defined for English Language Learners

shoehorn

Definition of shoehorn for English Language Learners

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


shoehorn

Definition of shoehorn for English Language Learners

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


SHOEHORN Defined for Kids

shoehorn

noun shoe·horn \ ˈshü-ˌhȯrn \

Definition of shoehorn for Students

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

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