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white-shoe Syllabification: white-shoe
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wītˌSHo͞o/

Definition of white-shoe in English:


US informal
1Denoting a company, especially a law firm, owned and run by members of the WASP elite, generally regarded as cautious and conservative.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Denoting a privileged and wealthy American person, considered as part of a conservative social set: white-shoe college boys who edit their campus literary magazines


With reference to the white shoes fashionable among Ivy League college students in the 1940s and early 1950s.

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