- See shoelace. (noun)
- A small sum of money; capital that is barely adequate: a company that started on a shoestring. (noun)
- Long and slender: shoestring potatoes. (adjective)
- Marked by or consisting of a small amount of money: a shoestring budget. (adjective)
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