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Shoe last

A foot-shaped piece of iron that could be mounted upside down on a pedestal (last stand) about two feet high. A shoe placed on the “foot” was held in the right position for a sole to be nailed to the shoe. When the nails hit the metal last they were turned back toward the sole and thus were clinched. (Shoe nails were specially designed, and often called “clinch” nails.) Also, see Shoe peg. Since only the front half of a shoe sole usually wore out, only a half-sole was added. Such half-soles were usually of leather, but during the Depression days of the 1930s, soles were often cut from the tread of worn-out automobile tires. Such soles wore well and were a lot less expensive than leather.
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Mugambi saw them coming, and, calling those of his warriors who remained, ran for the bungalow and the last stand.
Mugambi pushed his mistress back into the greater security of the interior, and with his depleted force prepared to make a last stand against the foe.
Jimmie turned upon her fiercely as if resolved to make a last stand for comfort and peace.
The things which the Stygian darkness hid from my objective eye could not have been half so wonderful as the pictures which my imagination wrought as it conjured to life again the ancient peoples of this dying world and set them once more to the labours, the intrigues, the mysteries and the cruelties which they had practised to make their last stand against the swarming hordes of the dead sea bottoms that had driven them step by step to the uttermost pinnacle of the world where they were now intrenched behind an impenetrable barrier of superstition.
For the last stand of the Company had been told throughout Christendom wherever a brave deed of arms was loved, and honors had flowed in upon the few who had survived it.
But there would be no reinforcements; this was the last stand of the chivalry of England; it was all that was left of the order, after the recent annihilating wars.
Only when it came to the fireplace did she make a last stand.
The ape-men had been driven back to their city, they had made a last stand there, once again they had been broken, and now we were in time to see the final fearful scene of all.
where Numa evidently determined to make a last stand, taking up his position in the center of the open space, which was far enough from any tree to render him practically immune from the rather erratic throwing of the apes, though Tarzan still found him with most persistent and aggravating frequency.
At last you begin moving your lips and talking to yourself, and sometimes you wave one hand and declaim, and at last stand still in the middle of the road.
It was more like a town crowd preventing the passage of the police than anything the poet had ever pictured as the last stand of doomed and outlawed men of blood.
I cannot resist saying that few finer sights can have been seen in history than the last stand of this extraordinary regiment; wounded officers picking up the rifles of dead soldiers, and the general himself facing us on horseback bareheaded and with a broken sword.