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- (verb) shoe-horn
- A tool used to assist putting the foot into a shoe by sliding the heel in.
- (derogatory) Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spectator to this entry?)
- (obsolete) Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
tool used to assist the foot
- (literally) To use a shoehorn.
- (transitive) To force (something) into (a tight space); to squeeze (something) into (a schedule, etc); to exert great effort to insert or include (something); to include (something) despite potent reasons not to.
- 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.
- 2012, The Economist, Oct 13th 2012 issue, Italian politics: Who will be Italy’s next prime minister?
- A member of Mr Monti’s government admitted that, barring a hung parliament, it was impossible for the moment to see how Mr Monti could be shoehorned into politics after next spring.
to use a shoehorn