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Shinola Line breaks: Shin|ola
Pronunciation: /ʃʌɪˈnəʊlə/

Definition of Shinola in English:


[mass noun] US trademark
1A brand of boot polish.
Example sentences
  • There's another reason the Huskers need a little Shinola for their 11-1 season.
  • Shinola seems to have been a fairly cheap and cheerful product.
1.1 informal Used as a euphemism for ‘shit’: there’ll be the same old Shinola on television


neither shit nor Shinola

vulgar slang Neither one thing nor the other.
Example sentences
  • If not, if you are a brain dead dittohead, you know neither shit nor Shinola.
  • Besides, it's her cat and her money and it don't matter shit nor Shinola to anybody else how she spends it.

not know shit from Shinola

vulgar slang Used to indicate that someone is ignorant or innocent: a doctor who doesn’t know shit from Shinola
More example sentences
  • Isn't the essence of the appeal of the Big Four awards shows the very fact that ‘experts’ pick the winners, ‘the people’ not knowing shit from Shinola as often as not?
  • Lee Dupont has been around since long before the death lens and company card, and knows shit from Shinola when it comes to video work and professional skateboarding.
  • See how many drinks his wallet will buy for you while you pretend he knows shit from Shinola.


Early 20th century: from shine + -ola (suffix chiefly in US usage).

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