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shoestring

noun shoe·string \ ˈshü-ˌstriŋ \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of shoestring

1 : shoelace
2
[from shoestrings being a typical item sold by itinerant vendors]
: a small sum of money : capital inadequate or barely adequate to the needs of a transaction
  • started the business on a shoestring

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Examples of shoestring in a Sentence

  1. trying to start a business on a shoestring

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First Known Use of shoestring

1616


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shoestring

adjective

Definition of shoestring

1 : narrow and long like a shoestring
  • shoestring french fries
2 : operating on, accomplished by, or consisting of a small amount of money or capital
  • a shoestring budget

Recent Examples of shoestring from the Web

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First Known Use of shoestring

1859



SHOESTRING Defined for English Language Learners

shoestring

Definition of shoestring for English Language Learners

  • : a small amount of money


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noun shoe·string \ ˈshü-ˌstriŋ \

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