• WordNet 3.6
    • v shoehorn fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited
    • n shoehorn a device used for easing the foot into a shoe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shoehorn A curved piece of polished horn, wood, or metal used to facilitate the entrance of the foot into a shoe.
    • Shoehorn Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium; -- by way of contempt.
    • Shoehorn Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shoehorn Same as shocinghorn, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Shoehorn a curved piece of horn or metal used in putting on a shoe
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceó; Goth. skohs, Ger. schuh.


In literature:

Do you know that some mornings he has to get his hat on with a shoehorn.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Even if he had any flavor and wasn't tougher'n a shoehorn, he's too much for us to eat.
"The Black Fawn" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
He can't find a shoehorn with which to get into his breeches.
"Conscript 2989" by Irving Crump
She took this up and found beneath it a pair of slippers and a shoehorn.
"The Great House" by Stanley J. Weyman

In news:

Nikon shoehorned a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor into the entry-level shooter, making it the highest-resolution camera in its class.
Holden shoehorns Corvette Z06's LS7 into Commodore , creates a monster Photo Gallery.
JUST WHEN I THOUGHT Oak Cliff couldn't possibly shoehorn another modish restaurant into its gentrifying streets, along comes Driftwood and gives that notion a kick in the head.
Workers at Axxis Corp. And RNS Machine Works for years were shoehorned into a too-small shop, crammed so close together that they almost bumped into each other.
You Needed a Shoehorn to Get In.
Festival shoehorns array of events that celebrate, examine tap dancing .
The media always has an established theme -- a narrative -- into which the coverage of political stories is shoehorned.
The well-worn perception of Minis is that they're so small, you can hardly shoehorn yourself into the car -- let alone you and a couple of friends.
Somehow the managed to shoehorn an 871 blower and twin Holley carbs under the hood.
Nothing's better than when the UN shoehorns "new security and human rights norms" into Chapter VII resolutions.
The grams begin to pile up quickly when you pack a display assembly supporting 3 million-plus pixels into a 9.7-inch design and then shoehorn in the kind of battery watt-hours necessary.
During busy hours, you practically need a shoehorn to get into the microscopic front room that's barely got space for four counter seats and the window where you order.

In science:

In some sense, through this ob jectification, we are trying to shoehorn an intrinsically diffuse problem into the ob jectoriented style thinking we are trying to escape.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Another way to put this issue is that it is important to remember that the results of a newer theory (general relativity) cannot be “shoehorned” into the categories of the old theory (Newtonian mechanics) even though it is tempting to try to do so.
Gauge invariance and the detection of gravitational radiation