shoehorn

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English[edit]

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A metal shoehorn.

Etymology[edit]

shoe +‎ horn

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Noun[edit]

shoehorn (plural shoehorns)

  1. A tool used to assist putting the foot into a shoe by sliding the heel in.
  2. (derogatory) Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spectator to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.
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Verb[edit]

shoehorn (third-person singular simple present shoehorns, present participle shoehorning, simple past and past participle shoehorned)

  1. (literally) To use a shoehorn.
  2. (transitive) To force (something) into (a tight space); to squeeze (something) into (a schedule, etc); to exert great effort to insert or include (something).
    I shoehorned his dozen burgeoning bags into the backseat of my tiny car, and off we went.
    His staff want to shoehorn an extra stop into his already packed campaigning schedule.

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