Definitions

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

  • n. See shoelace.
  • n. A small sum of money; capital that is barely adequate: a company that started on a shoestring.
  • adj. Long and slender: shoestring potatoes.
  • adj. Marked by or consisting of a small amount of money: a shoestring budget.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a lace used for fastening shoes
  • n. a small amount of money
  • n. a lace used for fastening shoes
  • n. a small amount of money

Etymologies

From shoe + string (Wiktionary)

Examples

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

    CNN Transcript Jul 2, 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.

    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

  • 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

  • Mississippi the state legislature laid out the "shoestring" election district, 300 miles long and about 20 miles wide, which included many of the sections where the negroes were most numerous, in order that their votes might have as little effect as possible.

    The United States Since the Civil War

  • PARK CITY, Utah AFP - Robert Redford launched the annual Sundance film festival, vowing to stick to its modest, "shoestring" roots and reject the commercialism of Hollywood.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • AFP/Getty Images - Robert Redford launched the annual Sundance film festival, vowing to stick to its modest, "shoestring" …

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  • And the "shoestring" chef whose ingredients cost the least will be invited back to prepare our year-end holiday feast!

    Breaking News: CBS News

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