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  • n  a device used for easing the foot into a shoe
  • v  fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited

  • When his legislative-affairs team summarily dismissed our attempts to shoehorn our funding into the budget, I smiled and continued trying to work neatly within the system.
  • Others shoehorn walking into their day by making minor adjustments in their daily routines, such as parking the car a few blocks away from the grocery store, taking the stairs .
  • McCargo rightly scorns the legions of post-911 armchair analysts who try to shoehorn every conflict into well-Googled theories of global jihad.
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  • Artists offer fresh takes on traditional Judaica
    What do you call a creature that looks vaguely like a cross between a penguin and a miniature robot, made from a discarded wooden shoehorn and intricately arranged, disassembled circuit breakers?
    June 20, 2013 - J Weekly

  • Matthew Dowd in Los Angeles Times
    You can't shoehorn in an issue the American people aren't focused on every day at their kitchen table,said Matthew Dowd, who ran President Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, which centered on fighting terrorism at a time when Sept. 11 was far...
  • Eric Schmidt in AFP
    The fundamental problem with most phones people have today is they don't have full-power browsers,Schmidt said. "The Android platform provides a full-power browser. No longer will you have to shoehorn an application in."
  • Steve Jobs in PC World
    It's not a secret we've been trying to shoehorn a G5 [processor] into a notebook, and have been unable to do so because of its power consumption,Jobs said.

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