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This page has 8 definitions of shoestring in English. Shoestring is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use shoestring in a sentence are shown. Also define these 31 related words and terms: string, lace, use, secure, shoe, foot, shoelace, object, long, thin, cooking, narrow, cut, food, julienne, on a shoestring, little, money, tight, budget, American football, baseball, catch, tackle, make, ground, close, player, shoestring tackle, ball, and shoestring catch.



Shoestrings (sense 1) or shoelaces of a pair of sneakers.
A plate of shoestring French fries (sense 2.2.2).

The noun is derived from shoe +‎ string. The adjective is derived from the noun, while the verb is derived from terms such as shoestring catch and shoestring tackle.



shoestring (plural shoestrings)

  1. (chiefly US) The string or lace used to secure a shoe to the foot; a shoelace.
    Your shoestring is untied.
    • Shoe definition
      A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do. (1 of 17 shoe definitions)
  2. (figuratively, often attributively)
    1. An object that is long and thin, like a shoestring (sense 1).
      1. (cooking) A long, narrow cut of a food; a julienne.
        shoestring French fries
    2. Chiefly in on a shoestring: very little money; a tight budget.
      He was able to organize the event on a shoestring.
      • 2022 November 23, Hadley Freeman, “Like a cinema virgin: how Madonna went stratospheric making Desperately Seeking Susan”, in The Guardian[1]:
        As the 80s cult classic starring Madonna as a gorgeous grifter returns, director Susan Seidelman recalls capturing the zeitgeist on a shoestring budget[.]

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shoestring (not comparable)

  1. (US, chiefly American football, baseball) Of a catch or tackle: made near the ground, close to a player's shoes.
    • American Football definition
      A game similar to rugby football played on a field of 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide (with two 10 yard-long endzones) in which two teams of 11 players attempt to get an ovoid ball into each other's territory.
    • Baseball definition
      A sport common in North America, the Caribbean, and Japan, in which the object is to strike a ball so that one of a nine-person team can run counter-clockwise among four bases, resulting in the scoring of a run. The team with the most runs after termination of play, usually nine innings, wins. (1 of 3 baseball definitions)
    • Tackle definition
      A device for grasping an object and an attached means of moving it, as a rope and hook. (1 of 11 tackle definitions)
    • Player definition
      One that plays
      1. One who plays any game or sport. (1 of 12 player definitions)

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shoestring (third-person singular simple present shoestrings, present participle shoestringing, simple past and past participle shoestringed)

  1. (transitive, American football) To tackle (a player) using a shoestring tackle (one made near the ground, close to a player's shoes).
  2. (transitive, baseball) To catch (a ball) using a shoestring catch (one made near the ground, close to a player's shoes).
    • 1976, Paul R. Rothweiler, The Sensuous Southpaw [], New York, N.Y.: Putnam, →ISBN, page 104:
      We didn't score in our half of the eighth, but it was only because Ernie's line drive was shoestringed by the Giant left fielder, with Rusty Howarth on second.
    • 1981 April 13, Steve Wulf, “Tricks of the Trade”, in Sports Illustrated Baseball: Four Decades of Sports Illustrated’s Finest Writing on America’s Favorite Pastime (Collector’s Library), Birmingham, Ala.: Oxmoor House, published 1994, →ISBN, page 275:
      Most outfielders say that short-hopping a ball so that it looks as if it was caught is more an accident than an art form, but Coach Joe Nossek of the Indians actually tells his charges to hold up the ball after shoestringing it on the off chance that the umpire might be fooled.
    • Shoestring Catch definition
      A fielding play, typically made by an outfielder, who catches a ball near his shoes, often after a long run.


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