shoestring

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shoe·string

 (sho͞o′strĭng′)
n.
1. See shoelace.
2. A small sum of money; capital that is barely adequate: a company that started on a shoestring.
adj.
1. Long and slender: shoestring potatoes.
2. Marked by or consisting of a small amount of money: a shoestring budget.

shoestring

(ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) another word for shoelace
2. informal
a. a very small or petty amount of money (esp in the phrase on a shoestring)
b. (as modifier): a shoestring budget.

shoe•string

(ˈʃuˌstrɪŋ)

n.
2. a very small amount of money.
adj.
3. meager: a shoestring budget.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shoestring - a lace used for fastening shoesshoestring - a lace used for fastening shoes  
aglet, aiglet - metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
lace, lacing - a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
2.shoestring - a small amount of money; "he managed it on a shoestring"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
Translations

shoestring

[ˈʃuːstrɪŋ]
A. N (US) → cordón m, lazo m
to do sth on a shoestringhacer algo con muy poco dinero
to live on a shoestringvivir muy justo
B. CPD shoestring budget Npresupuesto m muy limitado

shoestring

[ˈʃuːstrɪŋ]
n
(US) (= shoelace) → lacet m (de chaussure)
(= small budget) to do sth on a shoestring → faire qch avec un budget dérisoire
modif [budget] → dérisoire

shoestring

[ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ] n (Am) → stringa (di scarpa)
on a shoestring (fig) (do sth) → con quattro soldi (live) → contando il centesimo
References in classic literature ?
Consistently refusing to give the promise of submission and abstention from preaching which at any time would have secured his release, he continued in prison for twelve years, not suffering particular discomfort and working for the support of his family by fastening the ends onto shoestrings.
To get his shoestrings he speculates in herds of cattle.
OAKLAND - UCLA coach Ben Howland's apartment overlooked the Spokane River, he attempted to guard John Stockton during practice and remembers the badly frayed shoestrings that tied Gonzaga's athletic budget together.