Definition of white-shoe in English:
- 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.
1940s: sense 1 is with reference to the white buckskin shoes fashionable among Ivy League college students in the late 1940s and early 1950s; sense 2 is with reference to the showy white shoes worn by Queensland property developers in the 1980s.
- US English dictionary
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