Definition of white-shoe in English:

white-shoe

Syllabification: white-shoe

adjective

US informal
  • Denoting a company, especially a law firm, owned and run by members of the WASP elite, generally regarded as cautious and conservative.
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    • But perhaps the worst insult, at least to the profession's traditional elite, is the suggestion that you can find white-shoe law firms in - of all places - Newark.
    • Perhaps his biggest coup was to obtain the ostensibly pro bono services of the white-shoe law firm Simpson Thacher and Bartlett.
    • Your desk reveals more about your personality than you might think, even if you work in a white-shoe law firm that frowns on personal expression.

Origin

with reference to the white shoes fashionable among Ivy League college students in the 1950s.

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