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shoestring

noun
     
Related topics: Clothes
shoe‧string [countable]
1

on a shoestring

informal if you do something on a shoestring, you do it without spending much money
run/operate/do something on a shoestring
The program was run on a shoestring.
2

shoestring organization/operation/budget etc

a business, organization etc that does not have much money available to spend
3 American EnglishDCC a shoelace

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