Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thong, strap, or lace for holding a shoe on the foot; also, in Scripture, a strap used to fasten a sandal to the foot. Compare shoe-tie.
“Guesses at futurities were made from the falling of a crumb of bread out of one's mouth or a staff from a man's hand, from a person sneezing, or the breaking of a shoe-latchet.”
“Wherefore I will not take of them from a thread to a shoe-latchet, lest they should say, We have made Abraham rich.”
“She is not for meddling with any thing that is theirs, from a thread even to a shoe-latchet.”
“God Most High, who hath created the world for the sake of the pious, that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor aught that is thine.”
“And because he would not touch a shoe-latchet of the spoils, his descendants cast their shoe upon”
“Think you, that you might kill my brother, whose shoe-latchet were too high for you?”
“Ibsen may not untie a shoe-latchet in the interest of truth, while English burlesque managers may put an army of girls into tights.”
“He did not understand, and as he did not understand he explained volubly -- for here he felt he was on sure ground -- that, on the contrary, she had much to forgive, that he had acted like an infernal blackguard, that men were coarse brutes, not fit to kiss a good woman's shoe-latchet, etc., etc.”
“His body was covered with cuts and scratches; his guilt was discovered, and the dowry returned to the last shoe-latchet.”
“When, for instance, they who were saved by him would put the spoils at his disposal, he rejected all, even to "a thread and a shoe-latchet.”
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