Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 23:12

white-shoe

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From white + shoe; their traditional footwear.

NounEdit

white-shoe (plural white-shoes)

  1. (US, slang) A stereotypical Ivy League student.

AdjectiveEdit

white-shoe (comparative more white-shoe, superlative most white-shoe)

  1. (US, slang) Effeminate or immature.
  2. (US, slang) Establishment; pertaining to mainstream US social power-structures.
    • 2007, Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin 2008, p. 26:
      Dulles had been a junior diplomat after World War I and a white-shoe Wall Street lawyer in the Depression.

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