Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A smooth curved implement, often of plastic or metal, inserted at the heel to help put on a shoe.
  • transitive verb To squeeze into or as if into an insufficient space.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as shocinghorn, 1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to squeeze or force into a tight-fitting space, with or as though with a shoehorn; -- often used figuratively.
  • noun A curved piece of polished horn, wood, or metal used to facilitate the entrance of the foot into a shoe.
  • noun Low, Low Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium; -- by way of contempt.
  • noun Low Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tool used to assist putting the foot into a shoe by sliding the heel in.
  • noun derogatory Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium.
  • noun obsolete Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.
  • verb literally To use a shoehorn.
  • verb transitive To force (something) into (a tight space); to squeeze (something) into (a schedule, etc); to exert great effort to insert or include (something).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited
  • noun a device used for easing the foot into a shoe

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

shoe +‎ horn

Examples

  • i usually try the thick end of a screwdriver, but the shoehorn is a good idea as well

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  • The term "shoehorn" is still popularly used, although this article is now produced in metal and plastic.

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  • That’s called a shoehorn, and it’s the sign of a very weak model.

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  • T and Verizon have said the FCC will wind up back in court if it tries to "shoehorn" broadband into an inappropriate regulatory framework.

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  • T and Verizon have said the FCC will wind up back in court if it tries to "shoehorn" broadband into an inappropriate regulatory framework.

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  • It is particularly unfortunate when this expression is misspelled "shoe-in" because to "shoehorn" something in is to squeeze it in with great difficulty.

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  • T and Verizon have said the FCC will wind up back in court if it tries to "shoehorn" broadband into an inappropriate regulatory framework.

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  • Sure, you can kind of shoehorn in ways to play with friends, but none of the app's game modes truly recreate the intense thrill of going head-to-head with friends.

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  • You can't "shoehorn" a script into a compiled executable.

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  • "I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on."

    - Muhammad Ali

    September 25, 2008

  • I delight in the verbal use of this word.

    October 17, 2008