Share this entry
shoestring Line breaks: shoe|string
Pronunciation: /ˈʃuːstrɪŋ/

Definition of shoestring in English:


1 informal A small or inadequate budget: many early studies were done on a shoestring [as modifier]: a shoestring budget
More example sentences
  • Most B&B owners aren't millionaires, we run our budget on a shoestring so this is desperate for us.
  • Having proven his ability to operate successfully on a shoestring budget he is regarded as a prime candidate to return to the cash-strapped club he served for many years.
  • With only $24 million at her disposal, less than 2% of the UN's budget, she is operating on a shoestring and facing problems that would have daunted Sisyphus.
2North American A shoelace.
Example sentences
  • My fingers stumble a little as I knot the shoestring into a bow, like dancers in an unfamiliar routine.
  • Several of the drawings were laced together with shoestrings in primitive book form.
  • He ties rope, old shoestring, clothes hangers around his waist to keep his pants up.


North American Back to top  
(Of a save or tackle in sport) near or around the ankles or feet, or just above the ground: the Mets center fielder made a shoestring catch a shoestring tackle
More example sentences
  • Over 600 individual animations are in the game, allowing everything from shoestring catches to wrap tackles.
  • But Hansen got back onto his feet in the blink of an eye, somehow got downfield, and dove to make a game-saving, shoestring tackle at the seven-yard line.
  • Not a shoestring tackle - I'm talking pads on pads.
Definition of shoestring in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words