Definitions

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

  • noun A small sum of money; capital that is barely adequate.
  • adjective Long and slender.
  • adjective Marked by or consisting of a small amount of money.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A string used to draw the sides of a shoe together, so as to hold it firmly upon the foot.

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

  • noun same as shoelace.
  • noun a sum of money, inadequate or barely adequate for the purpose to which it is put to use.

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

  • noun the string or lace used to secure the shoe to the foot; a shoelace
  • noun a tight budget; very little money
  • noun a long narrow cut of a food; a julienne

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

  • noun a lace used for fastening shoes
  • noun a small amount of money
  • noun a lace used for fastening shoes
  • noun a small amount of money

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From shoe + string

Examples

  • O'BRIEN: Barnstorming the region, he became known as the shoestring traveler.

    CNN Transcript Jul 2, 2006

  • O'BRIEN: Barnstorming the region, he became known as the shoestring traveler.

    CNN Transcript Jul 1, 2006

  • Having indulged myself in shoestring Martha Stewart living in the recent past, i've become quite resourceful finding ways to make planks and rags look like Magical Venice.

    September 2003

  • Having indulged myself in shoestring Martha Stewart living in the recent past, i've become quite resourceful finding ways to make planks and rags look like Magical Venice.

    Spaceship on the cheap.

  • Having indulged myself in shoestring Martha Stewart living in the recent past, i've become quite resourceful finding ways to make planks and rags look like Magical Venice.

    Archive 2003-09-01

  • Saying Corman makes movies on a shoestring is a giant understatement -- to him, corner cutting is an art form.

    Alex Stapleton: Tales From the Roger Corman School of Filmmaking

  • They are doing this on a shoestring, which is a shame.

    Global Guerrillas

  • They are doing this on a shoestring, which is a shame.

    Global Guerrillas

  • Such as Mississippi's "shoestring" district during Reconstruction, which swept enough blacks into one narrow district along the river to leave five other districts with white majorities.

    Districting By Pigmentation

  • I thought about it for all about two seconds and opined that the fact that he had been eating enormous amounts of green "shoestring" licorice might have something to do with this little "problem".

    You, Too, Can Have Teletubby Poo

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