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  • adj. Attributive form of shoe polish, noun.


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  • But others have been sickened by the sight of the cancer-stricken, 83-year-old ruler, his hair still dyed shoe-polish black, being wheeled on a gurney into the makeshift courtroom in a police academy that once bore his name.

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  • Steven Alan , founder of the boutique clothing brand, said Bedrock would use the ground floor space for the launch or rather re-launch of a once-famous American brand: Shinola, originally a shoe-polish company that is best known today for a salty aphorism about human ignorance.

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  • The closer, Brian Wilson, dyes his beard this shoe-polish black, it's big and scruffy.

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  • Dickens's father was jailed for debt when the boy was 12, and he was put to work in a shoe-polish "blacking" factory.

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  • Only 12 years before, he had been a drudge in a shoe-polish factory, living on his own, his family in debtors' jail; he felt abandoned, humiliated, hungry, heart-broken, close to annihilation.

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  • This is the two girls 'answer to the painful question at the heart of the story: how do you keep the spark of enchantment in a disenchanted world, and preserve the "magic" amid cabbage soup, toxic mascara that "we sometimes also use as shoe-polish" and banners proclaiming "Thanks to the party for the people's welfare" above a queue for toilet paper?

    A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova

  • Nathalie, a middle-aged student with a shoe-polish black bob, accosts Elena.


  • SSL had been in talks to buy the Kiwi shoe-polish brand from

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  • With the exception of Mirren and Sergio Peris-Mencheta -- who plays an up-and-coming Argentine boxer whom Charlie sees as his next meal ticket, and with whom Grace begins a unlikely May-September romance -- the performances feel as phony as Pesci's hair, a shoe-polish black pompadour that looks like a small animal that curled up and died on his head.

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  • Jeremy Steele, A black-face man from Palo Alto, California, was equally offended: "what Harry Connick Junior doesn't understand is that black-face isn't just a show we put on for his benefit, it's an entire culture, with very deep roots, and even deeper jars of shoe-polish," Mr. James said.

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