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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoelace, shoe lace, shoestring, shoe stringnoun

    a lace used for fastening shoes

  2. shoestring, shoe stringnoun

    a small amount of money

    "he managed it on a shoestring"


  1. Shoestringnoun

    same as shoelace.

  2. Shoestringnoun

    a sum of money, inadequate or barely adequate for the purpose to which it is put to use; as, to start up an enterprise on a shoestring.


  1. shoestringnoun

    the string or lace used to secure the shoe to the foot; a shoelace

    Your shoestring is untied.

  2. shoestringnoun

    a tight budget; very little money

    He did all that on a shoestring budget.

  3. shoestringnoun

    a long narrow cut of a food; a julienne

    shoestring French fries

  4. Etymology: From shoe + string


  1. Shoestring

    Shoestring was a BBC television show set in Bristol. It featured a private detective with his own show on Radio West, the local radio station. The programme ran between 30 September 1979 and 21 December 1980, in two series with 21 one hour-long episodes. Star Trevor Eve decided not to return to the role after two series, as he wanted to diversify into theatre roles, so the same production team changed the format to be based in Jersey and created Bergerac, also about a detective returning to work after a bad period in his life.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shoestring in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shoestring in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of shoestring in a Sentence

  1. Fred Espenak:

    The sad fact is, most eclipses don't occur close to home like (the one in August), so you can't drive to them. It requires being willing to do some international traveling, and you got to be OK with that, it's not something you can do on a shoestring, usually.

  2. Andrew Green:

    They’re expected to do all of this with a shoestring budget, and so, this is a wakeup call, potentially, that cities need to start looking at how seriously they’re taking their own cybersecurity posture.

  3. Bill Gross:

    But like (former Fed chairman Paul) Volcker recognized in 1979, the time has come for a new thesis that restores the savings function to developed economies that permit liability based business models to survive – if only on a shoestring – and that ultimately leads to rejuvenated private investment, which is the essence of a healthy economy, near term pain? Yes. Long term gain? Almost certainly. Get off zero now!

  4. Duncan Hunter:

    The entire operating budget of the US Coast Guard is $9 billion, it's a shoestring budget.

  5. Don Beyer:

    Pete Buttigieg is really spending a lot of time and energy to make sure Pete Buttigieg has enough resources to be credible, obviously, campaign leadership is going to have to find the right balance. It's fine in the short term, since Pete Buttigieg started out entirely shoestring and not having a finance base... but I also believe after a good second quarter, a good third quarter, then Pete Buttigieg will have to shift focus back to the early states.

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Translations for shoestring

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  • julienne, lacetFrench
  • небольшие сбережения, шнурок, небольшая сумма денег, соломкаRussian
  • пертлаSerbo-Croatian

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. unsealed
    • B. tacky
    • C. ravening
    • D. ultimo

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