Definition of shoeing-horn 

1 : shoehorn

2 archaic : appetizer

3a : something that facilitates a transaction or passage the best shoeing-horn for drawing on a sound sleep— Sir Walter Scott

b archaic : someone that acts for another (such as a go-between or decoy)

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History and Etymology for shoeing-horn

Middle English schoynge horne

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a state of commotion or excitement

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