from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lead-plant, Amorpha canescens. Compare devil's-shoe-strings.


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  • Independent researchers, working on shoe-strings, have isolated some of them: cancer-producers among them.

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow: Fracking & Fukushima: More Obscene Than The Word They Sound Like

  • You must not expect him to come to you with vows and oaths and pretty presents, to kneel at your feet, and kiss your shoe-strings.

    Barchester Towers

  • The sixth box contained four shirts, two pairs of stout shoes, some stockings and shoe-strings, which delighted the Doctor so much when he tried them on that he exclaimed, “Richard is himself again!”

    How I Found Livingstone

  • "What we are saying is that we are having to drag them into transformation, we are having to pull them by their shoe-strings."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But the others are lone handers, working on their own 'shoe-strings' or financed by the contributions of optimistic shareholders in Manila.

    Terry A Tale of the Hill People

  • Then came "dogs" of all sizes from "garter-dogs," or "shoe-strings," a foot long, to full-grown ten-pounders of about a yard.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman or Making Good

  • "I want some shoe-strings, some hairpins, a pair of gloves, and a tooth-brush," the woman said.

    More Toasts

  • Beginning with the simple stringing of large wooden beads upon shoe-strings, it passes on to sewing on buttons, and sewing doll clothes to the making of real clothing.

    Study of Child Life

  • "Helen, were you ever in New York in a blizzard?" enquired Betty, busily unlacing her shoe-strings.

    Betty Wales, Sophomore

  • This called to mind the broken shoe-strings, and she moved her feet back out of sight.

    The Transformation of Job A Tale of the High Sierras


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