• WordNet 3.6
    • n shoestring a lace used for fastening shoes
    • n shoestring a small amount of money "he managed it on a shoestring"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shoestring A string used to draw the sides of a shoe together, so as to hold it firmly upon the foot.
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Shoestring - If you do something on a shoestring, you try to spend the absolute minimum amount of money possible on it.


In literature:

They did not leave a button or a shoestring.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Form shoestring potatoes into a nest on a serving plate and place the stuffed eggs in the nest.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
Some historic shoestrings have become golden cables.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
I tied the cape on my head with shoestrings and it made a good big cap.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
Fasten the shoestring to the top of a doorway so that the magnet can swing easily.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Bob White had not been so busy tying his shoestring as Reuben imagined.
"The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge" by Herbert Carter
The chicken rests on a nest of fried shoestring potatoes.
"Dinners and Luncheons" by Paul Pierce
The Emperor Paul issued an ukase about shoestrings, which it was highly penal to disobey.
"How to Observe" by Harriet Martineau
He's an ass with a champagne thirst and a shoestring salary.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
Why uselessly pull shoestrings?
"Rowing" by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann

In news:

To help alleviate some of this tension, AAA Travel pros are revealing five tricks to traveling on a shoestring budget.
Surveillance on a shoestring .
A makeup master's shoestring SciFi.
Gingrich says campaign 'on a shoestring ,' signals he's preparing for Romney nomination.
Newt Gingrich acknowledged Sunday that his campaign is "operating on a shoestring ," as he signaled he is preparing to transition from candidate to surrogate in anticipation of Mitt Romney winning the nomination.
Stay sunny, stylish on a shoestring .
Magazine Shoestring budget and phosphorus.
How to Sugar on a Shoestring .
Starting on a Shoestring .
Tips for starting an office on a shoestring .
Organizing on a shoestring budget.
Organize your home on a shoestring budget by using containers that come your way.
PLM on a Shoestring .
Rick Santorum faced with strategy shift that will test his shoestring campaign.
In this special edition of Chef on a Shoestring, Ti Martin of New Orleans' Commander Palace restaurant shares some classic Creole dishes including turtle soup and a Caribbean Shrimp Salad.