Definition of shoe in English:


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  • 1A covering for the foot, typically made of leather, having a sturdy sole and not reaching above the ankle.

    ‘He wore black tennis shoes with dull white laces, baggy blue slacks and a white long sleeved shirt.’
    • ‘Anyone wearing high-heeled shoes would find herself punching holes in the floorboard.’
    • ‘But even with the assistance of modern machinery and materials, most pointe shoes are still entirely handmade.’
    • ‘After she tied her running shoes, she jogged downstairs and outside.’
    • ‘She grabbed her running shoes from her closet, and a light jacket to tie around her waist.’
    • ‘For trips, coat and tie, leather shoes (no sneakers) and dress socks are de rigueur.’
    • ‘She said that he sent her a get well present of high heeled shoes with an extreme five inch heel.’
    • ‘I went out with Chloe this morning and bought some earrings and these really strappy, high heeled shoes.’
    • ‘However, with modern ballet dance comes greater foot support through modern pointe ballet shoes and trained technique.’
    • ‘Traditional ballet pointe shoes provide foot support with cardboard, paper and/or leather saturated with glues.’
    • ‘She wore a black cocktail dress with matching heeled shoes and a black lace choker.’
    • ‘She slipped the matching shoes onto her feet, muttering at the high heels.’
    • ‘As he moved though, the rubber bottom of his running shoes squeaked on a puddle of melted snow.’
    • ‘Make sure your clothes and your walking shoes are comfortable.’
    • ‘Don't tell me he's learned to tie his shoe laces as well.’
    • ‘I slipped my shoes on my feet and walked out of the door.’
    • ‘Her dress shoes clicked steadily as she walked along the sidewalk.’
    • ‘I sighed, feeling irritated, and scuffed my shoe on the floor.’
    • ‘Some women also love to wear ankle wrap sandals as well as pointed toe dress shoes.’
    • ‘Threatening to swamp her bedroom is a display of designer shoes with heels of varying heights.’
    • ‘High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you stumble and fall.’
    • ‘For daytime use take shorts, shirts and a good pair of deck shoes with white soles.’
    • ‘Even the butler's polished shoes went seamlessly with the black marble floor.’
    1. 1.1A horseshoe.
      ‘First remove any horseshoe nails and clean the shoe with a stiff brush and water to remove packed in-dirt.’
      • ‘The field was reduced to six when Rapid Ryan was ordered scratched by the stewards in the paddock because he was wearing improper shoes.’
      • ‘There is a moment of anxiety as Hills dismounts immediately after the line but it transpires that the filly has just twisted a shoe.’
      • ‘Someone else who keeps his horse in a soft pasture and/or rides in soft grassy area may not need shoes at all.’
      • ‘A bit pricey, and little complicated to fit (I had my farrier do mine) but worth every penny to not lose time to a pulled shoe.’
      • ‘‘I thought she went lame coming to the line so I got off her as quick as I could, but thank God she has only pulled a shoe off,’ he said.’
      • ‘He had a shoe taken off him a couple of strides out of the gate.’
      • ‘Clearing twisted a shoe on his way to the post and caused a 15-minute delay while a farrier made the repair.’
      • ‘At the barn, horses will be identified, their shoes will be checked, and on-site veterinarians will watch them walk the shedrow.’
      • ‘Watch other horses in case tack adjustments are needed or shoes are lost.’
      • ‘Fortunately after that he calmed down and all seemed to be going as planned until two-thirds of the way through the ride when her horse lost a shoe.’
      • ‘According to Harty, the animal was administered the drug a few days before the event after pulling a shoe during a gallop.’
      • ‘Her right hind hoof had a bit of blood on her fresh shod shoes.’
      • ‘There's a couple of moments where she actually manages to right herself, only to lose a shoe and lunge into another steep incline with the very next step she takes.’
      • ‘She said her horse's metal shoes could not find any grip on the smooth road.’
  • 2Something resembling a shoe in shape or use.

    1. 2.1A drag for a wheel.
      ‘And the advantage to a pivoting shoe is it allows you to more easily work on undulating, round or contour surfaces.’
      • ‘Drag shoes under the wheels helped to lock them.’
      • ‘The recoil system was not efficient and drag shoes had to be used under the wheels to keep the carriage steady in action.’
      • ‘Sometimes cables broke, drag shoes slipped too fast, especially on wet days.’
    2. 2.2
      short for brake shoe
      ‘If your trailer is equipped with electric brakes, check the drums and shoes for wear and the brake magnet for condition.’
      • ‘But, when you're in four bad crashes, two wheel changes and a broken shoe, it made it one of the hardest one-day races of my life.’
      • ‘The shoes in drum brakes are subject to wear and the brakes needed to be adjusted regularly until the introduction of self adjusting drum brakes in the 1950s.’
      • ‘Brake shoe life has been extended in some cases more than 3 times that of composition shoes.’
      • ‘When you step on the brake pedal, fluid moves the rear shoes or pads (shoes on drum brakes, and pads on disk brakes), but when applying the parking brake, the pads or shoes are held by cables.’
    3. 2.3A socket, especially on a camera, for fitting a flash unit or other accessory.
      ‘an accessory shoe’
      • ‘I am looking for an off camera flash shoe cord.’
      • ‘The above is a normal flash shoe with forward pressure being applied to the flash.’
      • ‘To get your flash far away from your camera lens, you need to purchase an external flash, and you need a camera with a hot shoe.’
      adornment, embellishment, finery, trimming, ornament, ornamentation, decoration, complement, fashion detail, frill
    4. 2.4A metal rim or ferrule, especially on the runner of a sled.
      ‘A close-fitting metal shoe with a central opening of 12.7 mm diameter flattened the section against the ceramic plate of the transducer.’
      • ‘The protector block controller shoe is a metal shoe with a handle and a crossbar placed at a comfortable position in front of the operator's foot with the handle above and the crossbar below.’
      • ‘Modern sled runners are covered with removable plastic runner shoes which can be changed for different conditions, or when worn.’
    5. 2.5A box from which cards are dealt in casinos at baccarat or some other card games.
      ‘The odds constantly shift as cards are dealt out of the shoe.’
      • ‘So I shuffled up my six-deck shoe and dealt to four players plus the dealer for several hours.’
      • ‘The game is dealt from an eight-deck shoe (sometimes six decks will be used).’
      • ‘If they offer a double-deck game, the rules are different than the game they deal from the shoe.’
      • ‘Dealer mays inadvertently expose their hole card or the next card out of the shoe before it should have been exposed.’
      • ‘Suppose the dealer fanned out the next dozen cards in the shoe face-down and asked you to pick any two for your next hand.’
      • ‘So he incorrectly stood with 12 against a deuce believing that the next card out of the shoe was more likely to be a 10 than the one after it.’
      • ‘Suppose we also just happen to know that there are only five cards left in the shoe and they consist of four 10s and one 6.’
      • ‘Still others say they'll bet bigger when the burn card is a little one because that leaves more big cards in the shoe for them to receive.’
      • ‘Optionally, the dealer may use a dealing shoe to hold the cards; this is how the game got one of its names.’
      • ‘Last night, I passed by a table where a big player had bet $2000 on the first hand of the shoe.’
      • ‘On one hand, the dealer is trying to go through as many shoes (racks of cards) as possible in a night.’



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transitive verbtransitive verb shoes, transitive verb shoeing/SHo͞oiNG/ , past participle verb shod/SHäd/ /ʃɑd/

[with object]
  • 1Fit (a horse) with a shoe or shoes.

    ‘If you have a lot of rocks in your pasture and/or you ride your horse often in a rocky area; you may need to shoe your horse.’
    • ‘A blacksmith with an ancestor who shod the horses that took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade is hoping for a grandson - to keep the 170-year-old family firm going for future generations.’
    • ‘She approached two men, who were shoeing a horse.’
    • ‘The men were hard at work in the vineyards, were shoeing their horses, or were tending to the cattle.’
    • ‘Why would Castillo suddenly decide to clean his gun in the middle of shoeing a horse?’
    • ‘Later he helped the blacksmith making new springs for the same trap and learnt to shoe horses, give reading lessons and to build sheds.’
    • ‘Five months later a blacksmith was shoeing a young horse, which I was holding, when a gunshot landed on the barn roof.’
    • ‘Mick left Fermanagh in 1950 as a young man of 20 and continued the family trade of blacksmithing by making and shoeing horse for hunts in England.’
    • ‘The blacksmith was the most important craftsman in the community, shoeing horses as well as repairing farm implements and many of the tools used by other craftsmen.’
    • ‘His family worked in Dumfriesshire for generations and he set up this competition 20 years ago to try to preserve skills in shoeing horses.’
    • ‘Hector and Lalo are shoeing a bay horse; Lalo's sheepdog naps between its legs.’
    • ‘One of the works on display at her exhibition last November was of a blacksmith shoeing a horse.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best known episode in the life of O'Donohoe was when he killed a Yeoman captain in his forge after he had been forced to shoe his horse.’
    • ‘Peter trained and shod his own horses and never suffered fools gladly.’
    • ‘A week later he wrote an additional letter informing the inspector that he had considerable experience in shoeing horses and the treatment and curing of injured feet.’
    • ‘He had shod his horse backwards so that the prints of the horseshoes led the Martya to look for seven years in the wrong direction.’
    • ‘Buck learned to shoe horses, fix wagon wheels, and repair farm equipment.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I used to work at the Co-op dairy and remember walking the horses down the high street to get them shod.’’
    1. 1.1be shodwith adverbial (of a person) be wearing shoes of a specified kind.
      ‘his large feet were shod in sneakers’
      • ‘Her feet were shod with black dress shoes that were slightly scuffed as if it had been walking.’
      • ‘Like her he was dressed in the coarsest of undyed wool, rough with fringe at the edges, and was shod in shoes made from deer hide or pig hide, with the hair still upon it.’
      • ‘Now at ease by the fireside, his feet are shod in narrow velvet slippers with a monogram embroidered in gold thread.’
      • ‘Other than that, his feet were shod in sturdy dark grey boots, and he had nothing else.’
      • ‘After some small talk my mother noticed Callie's ballet slippers that still shod my little feet (I was still thanking my guardian angels that Callie had small feet so I could fit in the shoes).’
      • ‘Headdresses were extravagantly plumed helmets or crowns fusing baroque and classical styles, and the masquers were shod in tightly fitting short boots, or buskins.’
      • ‘Her jeans are frayed, and her shining feet are shod in battered sandals.’
      • ‘She winced at the sound of many heavily shod feet running towards her.’
      • ‘His feet are shod in rough sandals, and his pink dress is more like a simple caftan than a kingly religious vestment.’
      • ‘Not to be out-done, Amelia also shod her feet and there was a duel of well clad feet.’
      • ‘As for the other open-mike performers: there was the sturdy young man, shod in light sneakers but with a heavy, angry foot.’
    2. 1.2Protect (the end of an object such as a pole) with a metal shoe.
      ‘the four wooden balks were each shod with heavy iron heads’
      • ‘At regular intervals along the counter were great upright wooden stampers shod with iron at the bottom.’
      • ‘The door was stout oak shod with iron and locked with three thick iron bolts into the door frame.’
    3. 1.3Fit a tire to (a wheel).
      ‘Alloy and steel wheels are newly-styled and shod with 15 inch tyres which result in improved ride characteristics.’
      • ‘Sixteen inch alloy wheels shod with very generous 195/45 tyres are another bonus.’
      • ‘The only giveaways, apart from the badges, were slightly flared wheel arches, wide alloy wheels shod with special high-grip radial tyres and a single large-bore exhaust pipe.’
      • ‘The car rides on 19-inch alloy wheels shod with red-striped low profile tyres.’
      • ‘Wheels are 15-inch diameter and shod with super sticky Toyo R888 tyres, sized 195/50 front and 205/50 rear.’
      • ‘The front wheels are shod with 265/650 tyres and the rear, 285 / 680.’
      • ‘The modifications to the body design are tasteful, particularly the 16 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, shod with 225 / 40R18 tyres.’
      • ‘Now the package is being given an extra boost with revised suspension settings and larger wheels shod with wider, lower profile tyres.’
      • ‘Painted five spoke alloy wheels with polished rims look cool, and are shod with Wrangler 235/70 16 all terrain tyres.’
      • ‘Wheels are 16-inch alloy shod with 225/55 tyres which just look ‘Smooth!’’
      • ‘They say the proof of the pudding is in its eating and after comparison, driving as fast as possible, in every car shod with different tyres.’
      • ‘However, Murphy proving to be the master tactician took a gamble that the roads would dry under the windy conditions and had the car shod with completely slick tyres.’
      • ‘I say double shod because we had two tyres on each wheel.’
      • ‘These were, however, shod with a different make of tyre.’



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    dead men's shoes
    • Property or a position coveted by a prospective successor but available only on a person's death.

      ‘he had fallen into an estate by a series of dead men's shoes’
      • ‘The method for promotion is very much dead men's shoes.’
      • ‘But I'm kind of trapped by a glass ceiling and the only way up is to fill dead men's shoes.’
      • ‘Promotion by seniority, waiting for dead men's shoes, is a sad blow to efficiency, for it stifles initiative and offers no incentive.’
      • ‘A central feature of the process was the emergence of systematic by selection rather than simple seniority, the original system that left officers waiting for dead men's shoes to fill.’
      • ‘Are you up for promotion or waiting for dead men's shoes?’
      • ‘Most of the professions are dead-men's shoes so new eager blood really can't hurt.’
      • ‘Had he stayed in London, he felt his professional life would have consisted of, as he put it, ‘waiting to fill dead men's shoes’.’
    if the shoe fits, wear it
    North American
    • Used as a way of suggesting that someone should accept a generalized remark or criticism as applying to themselves.

      ‘If the shoe fits, wear it, I guess.’
      • ‘It kills me to write things like that, but if the shoe fits, wear it.’
      • ‘"Yup, if the shoe fits, wear it, Granny O'Neill used to say and right now, that shoe fits pretty damn well."’
    in another person's shoes
    • In another person's situation or predicament.

      ‘if I'd been in your shoes I'd have walked out on him’
      • ‘ put yourself in his shoes and consider how you would have responded’
      • ‘Yes, I know that sounds strange and mildly racist, but until you've been in my shoes for that situation, you just don't know.’
      • ‘If you put yourself in my shoes for a moment, you will understand my situation.’
      • ‘I can't say I've been in your shoes, or know anybody in quite the same situation.’
      • ‘This is your life, and this is your body, but I've thought about this, nothing else, for the last two weeks, and what I came to was that if I were in your shoes, I would do exactly the same thing.’
      • ‘Which leads me to my second, and more confrontational, suggestion - one which I, frankly, would would be unable to resist if I were in your shoes.’
      • ‘I think that is probably how I would react if I were in their shoes.’
      • ‘He was upset about the pictures of prisoners of war aired on television and added that he would be scared if he were in their shoes.’
      • ‘If you were in their shoes wouldn't you have been already celebrating a semi-final place.’
      • ‘People aren't happy to hear me say that, but if they were in my shoes, looking at the whole picture, they'd feel the same way.’
      • ‘What other conclusion would you come to, if you were in my shoes?’
    shoe leather
    • Used in reference to the wear on shoes through walking.

      • ‘you can save on shoe leather by giving us your instructions over the telephone’
      • ‘I always go with the team that's been hitting the pavement, working the asphalt, wearing out the shoe leather - the Street Smarts guys who know how to sell!’
      • ‘In pure democratic fashion, members of the group will be wearing out shoe leather delivering information directly to Calgarians to gain support for ending fluoridation.’
      • ‘Today, when the footstreets have been worn down with shoe leather for almost exactly 15 years, it is hard to recall how radical this proposal must have seemed.’
      • ‘They made telephone calls, they wore out the shoe leather, they did it the old-fashioned way.’
      • ‘And a number of people broke out the shoe leather, walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.’
      • ‘That may have something to do with the amount shoe leather he's worn out on doorsteps around Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘And as you wear down your shoe leather, remember this too: our immediate task is to put the government on notice that it has reached its sell-by date.’
      • ‘What would happen to my reporting if I wore out some shoe leather in the convention hallways or out on the streets?’
      • ‘However, I rarely wear out any shoe leather during my searches, because I do most of my hunting online.’
      • ‘You have to go out and wear some shoe leather out and go and look at them for yourself.’
    wait for the other shoe to drop
    North American informal
    • Be prepared for a further or consequential event or complication to occur.

      • ‘But part of me is waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
      • ‘And it's getting on my nerves, because it's like waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
      • ‘Rather than thanking him for the compliment, I only nod, waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
      • ‘I think owners aren't doing much now because they are waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
      • ‘‘With you…’ he looked away, unable to speak for a moment. ‘I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop’.’
      • ‘Before going into the bathroom, I waited for the other shoe to drop, my wake-up call.’
      • ‘Normally this would be good news, since the steel tariffs were bad policy, but I think I'll wait for the other shoe to drop before I breathe a sigh of relief.’
      • ‘We worry, and although Michelle is doing well, we wait for the other shoe to drop.’
      • ‘While Francois thinks he has the best of both worlds, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
      • ‘Comfort in a relationship is key, and always waiting for the other shoe to drop is to be always looking over your shoulder.’


Old English scōh (noun), scōg(e)an (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoen and German Schuh.