shoelace

noun
shoe·​lace | \ ˈshü-ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio) \

Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

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But a year in which the company promised to turn a corner saw Facebook repeatedly tripping over its shoelaces. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 Footage shows the youngster, who is wearing a red t-shirt, stopping to tie his shoelace next to a parked car. Swns - Joe Smith, Fox News, "Kid tying shoelace run over by car, walks away," 27 Sep. 2018 Apart from the climactic climb, the most fascinating part of the film is rehearsing for the climb, a process that may actually contain useful lessons for us mortals who trip over our shoelaces. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Free Solo’ Review: Gripping Drama, Surpassing Spectacle," 27 Sep. 2018 Officials took away the shoelaces of the undocumented immigrants, fearful about the safety of those in custody. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump team cannot get its story straight on separating migrant families," 18 June 2018 They are led by volunteers to the charity's headquarters a few blocks away to shower, eat and rest — though volunteers' first order of business is to distribute shoelaces because they are confiscated from immigrants in custody to prevent suicides. Will Weissert And Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "In Texas at a hub for border crossings, families spread throughout U.S.," 24 June 2018 Officers got rid of his belt and shoelaces at the facility. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "After crossing the border, vastly different experiences for immigrant families," 21 June 2018 Officers got rid of his belt and shoelaces at the facility. Silvia Foster-frau, Houston Chronicle, "After crossing the border, vastly different experiences for immigrant families," 21 June 2018 The sugar-packet sized tracker slips into a pocket, clips onto a waistband or shoelace, pairs with an app on your smartphone and can track your kids in real time. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "No more 'screenagers' — best ways to keep tabs on kids without giving them a smartphone," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of shoelace

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoelace was circa 1647

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shoelace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shoelace

: a long, thin material like a string that is used for fastening a shoe

shoelace

noun
shoe·​lace | \ ˈshü-ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio) \

Kids Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

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