shoe-string


shoe-string

noun

  1. a shoelace.
  2. a very small amount of money.
  3. shoestrings. shoestring potatoes.

adjective

  1. consisting of or characterized by a small amount of money: living on a shoestring budget.

noun

  1. another word for shoelace
  2. informal
    1. a very small or petty amount of money (esp in the phrase on a shoestring)
    2. (as modifier)a shoestring budget
n.

1610s, from shoe (n.) + string (n.). As figurative for “a small amount” it is recorded from 1882; as a type of necktie, from 1903; as a style of cooked potatoes from 1906.

see on a shoestring.

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