Last modified on 25 May 2014, at 17:54

shoe-leather

EnglishEdit

A pair of black leather shoes

EtymologyEdit

shoe + leather

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃuː.ˌlɛ.ðɜː/

NounEdit

shoe-leather (countable and uncountable, plural shoe-leathers)

  1. Leather that is used to make shoes.
  2. Leather from which shoes are made that is worn out through walking.
    • 1874, John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain (Orpington: George Allen), vol. IV, letter xliv, p. 166:
      He walked to Ulverstone; spent nothing but shoe-leather on the road.
    • 2011 August 13, Peter Atkinson, “Save on shoe leather [letter]”, The Daily Telegraph (Travel), page T13:
      Save on shoe leather [letter title] ... Pounding the sidewalks can seriously wear you out.

AdjectiveEdit

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shoe-leather (not comparable)

  1. Basic, old-fashioned or traditional; specifically (journalism) shoe-leather journalism or shoe-leather reporting: journalism involving walking from place to place observing things and speaking to people, rather than sitting indoors at a desk.

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