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

Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

Examples of shoelace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, Reaves was just a shoelace-skinny point guard, tasked with running Cedar Ridge’s offense. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Bacon totally tries to jump off the tractor multiple times, but his blatant attempt at cowardice is foiled by a shoelace stuck on one of the gear levers. Dalton Ross,, 24 Mar. 2022 Caleb found Joshua lying on the floor with a shoelace wrapped tightly around his neck. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, 17 Mar. 2022 Higgins also notes potential risks of distraction, including a higher likelihood of accidents and injuries—like spilling your water on the machine, not noticing an untied shoelace, or practicing poor form. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 12 Feb. 2015 Police say Quinones, 27, began to strangle the woman with a shoelace. Nicholas Rice,, 6 Jan. 2022 In the 2007 Camry, investigators found a shoe without a lace, a single shoelace in the back seat and strands of hair in the trunk that appeared to match the girl’s hair, authorities said. Jesse Leavenworth,, 4 Dec. 2021 Ligature strangulation is when a suspect strangles a victim with an object, like a rope or shoelace. Korin Miller,, 12 Oct. 2021 His family believes the young boy accidentally choked himself with a shoelace while attempting the blackout challenge viewed on TikTok, the video-sharing app known for its dance snippets and other viral videos. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shoelace

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Shoelace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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