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On a Shoestring

On a limited budget, small budget, small amount of money


  • The origin of this idiom can’t be established as a certainty. The only thing known about the history of it is that it was first used in America in the 19th century. A “shoestring” is now commonly known as shoelace. The writer who first used this phrase might have thought of comparing the small amount of money with that of shoelace.

They produced quality products on a shoestring.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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on a shoestringOn a very tight budget; with few resources or little money.
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