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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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shoestringshoe‧string /ˈʃuːˌstrɪŋ/ noun [countable]  1 on a shoestring2 shoestring organization/operation etc3 American EnglishDCC a shoelace
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shoestringThe Halls are run by a shoestring staff: three full-time and five part-time.This one, he admits, is a shoestring campaign.The books give all the insider know-how for staying and getting around a country on a shoestring budget.Appleton was proud of having done much of his own research on a shoestring.It was run on a shoestring at the best of times and Kelly was merely adding to his problems.The trade was extremely competitive and the vessels were run on a shoestring resulting in many losses.
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