how to pronounce shoehorn


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shoehorn is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of shoehorn in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the shoehorn that's amazing it really is …”

meanings of shoehorn


  1. Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium.
  2. A smooth tool that assists in putting the foot into a shoe, by sliding the heel in after the toe is in place. This reduces discomfort and damage to the back of the shoe. By slipping it into the back of the shoe behind the heel, the user prevents the heel from squashing down the back of the shoe and causing difficulty; instead the heel slides down the smooth shoehorn, which then comes out easily once the foot is in place.
  3. Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.


  1. To force (something) into (a tight space); to squeeze (something) into (a schedule, etc); to exert great effort to insert or include (something); to include (something) despite potent reasons not to.
  2. To use a shoehorn.
  3. To force some current event into alignment with a some (usually unconnected) agenda, especially when it is fallacious.

shoehorn frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word shoehorn occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics shoehorn can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that shoehorn can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

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