Meaning of shoeshine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃuːʃʌɪn/

Translate shoeshine into Spanish


mainly North American
  • An act of polishing someone's shoes, especially for payment.

    as modifier ‘a shoeshine boy’
    • ‘Even the shoeshine boys spoke half a dozen languages, from Greek and Turkish to Ladino (Judeo-Spanish).’
    • ‘Except shoeshine boys are generally smarter than editors, and will usually get out first.’
    • ‘He worked at a local steel mill, was a gas station attendant, a store clerk and a shoeshine boy.’
    • ‘Here was the corner where he used to work as a shoeshine boy outside a parlour known as the Shoeshine King: ‘There was a man used to give us 50 cents and one used to give us a dollar.’’
    • ‘Toledo was the country's first president of self-identified indigenous descent, a one-time shoeshine boy who had gone on to earn a doctorate in education at Stanford.’
    • ‘As a child he sold peanuts on street corners and eked out a hand-to-mouth existence as a shoeshine boy on the poverty-stricken streets of Sao Paulo.’
    • ‘Once your shoe is completely dry, use the shoeshine brush to meticulously wipe off the polish.’
    • ‘As a shoeshine boy in the French Quarter, he begged paint and brushes from local street artists, which led him to his vocation.’
    • ‘Later, when asked what had prompted him to sell, he said it was when the shoeshine boys on the streets were telling him what shares to buy.’
    • ‘I might remain something like a shoeshine boy for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘It's the shoeshine boy again, still young enough to expect fun on the job.’
    • ‘How credible would my list be if I didn't list shoes after I just finished urging you to get a shoeshine kit?’
    • ‘The heavily made-up young woman knelt before prison administrators, giving them free shoeshines.’
    • ‘No one wants an overpriced shoeshine and he must feel he's losing a certain sale because he begins to shine Ames shoes, even though she said no.’
    • ‘The setting is one of abject poverty and misery, yet the upbeat caption tells us that even victims of disaster need a good shoeshine.’
    • ‘I was most beautifully stitched up by a shoeshine man at the famous Galata Bridge in Istanbul on the calm morning before the storm of Wednesday night.’