from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fit or repair with a half sole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To repair by putting on a new half-sole: as, to half-sole a shoe.
  • n. That part of the sole of a boot or shoe which extends forward from the shank of the sole to the toe.


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  • I remember that my grandfather who was a mechanical engineer Purdue Boilermaker could also half-sole kid's shoes, and spent quiet evenings after diner on the front porch doing just that.

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  • "Tap" dancing called the "Split-clog" shoe, used by very advanced pupils only, never by beginners, the half-sole being wood and the heel wood, as well, but most professional dancers prefer what is known as the "Haney" metal plate on the end of the shoe to bring out the

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  • He was placed in charge of the farm shoemaker, where he was taught to patch, heel and half-sole the shoes of the slaves.

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  • Committee on Hymn-Book Revision, power and authority were given unto them to put a half-sole and a new heel on any and all poetry that might look to them to be a little run over on one side.

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  • "It's beca'se the Lord's bent on smitin 'sech cussedness with a broad hand," said a long-faced deacon, who had come in to half-sole his own shoes with the shoemaker's tools, and sat soaking his bits of leather in

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  • There sat my Wandering Jew on his shoemaker's bench, trimming a half-sole.

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  • Oh, that's a young artist; young Englishman, named Tracy; very promising -- favorite pupil of Hans Christian Andersen or one of the other old masters -- Andersen I'm pretty sure it is; he's going to half-sole some of our old Italian masterpieces.

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  • "taps," or else a wood-fibre half-sole, but no beginner should be worrying about this.

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