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live on a shoestring

To live within a very tight or limited financial budget. We were living on a shoestring for a while after our baby was born, but, luckily, I got a promotion, and our situation has improved a bit.
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shoestring budget

A budget or allotment of resources that is very meager, sparse, or just enough to suit its purpose. Unfortunately, due to government cutbacks following the recession, our department has had to produce the same levels of work on a shoestring budget. I did all sorts of traveling with just a shoestring budget when I was in college. You learn very quickly how to make the most of what you have!
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on a shoestring

On or within a very tight or limited financial budget. We were living on a shoestring for a while after our baby was born, but, luckily, I got a promotion, and our situation has improved a bit. I'd love to come out to dinner with you, but I'm on a bit of a shoestring at the moment.
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on a shoestring

Fig. with a very small amount of money. We lived on a shoestring for years before I got a good-paying job. John traveled to Florida on a shoestring.
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on a shoestring

With very limited financial means, as in The newlyweds were living on a shoestring. The precise allusion in this term is unclear. One fanciful theory is that debtors in British prisons would lower a shoe by its laces from a window so as to collect funds from visitors or passers-by. A more likely theory is that it alludes to the slender shape of a shoelace, likening it to slender resources. [Late 1800s]
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on a shoestring

COMMON If you do something on a shoestring, you do it using very little money. The theatre was always run on a shoestring. Newly divorced with two children to raise, she was living on a shoestring. Note: You can use shoestring before a noun. Both films were made on a shoestring budget. McNair says he will continue his shoestring campaign in every part of Alabama. Note: In American English, shoelaces are called shoestrings. The reference here is to the very small amount of money that is needed to buy shoelaces.
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on a shoestring

on a small or inadequate budget.
Shoestring is a North American term for a shoelace, and the expression suggests metaphorically the ‘thinness’ of financial resources.
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(do something) on a ˈshoestring

(informal) (do something) with very little money: In the early years, the business was run on a shoestring.
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on a shoestring

mod. on practically no money; on a very tight budget. (see also shoestring.) I run my business on a shoestring. I never know from day to day whether I will survive.
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shoestring

mod. low-cost; cheap. (see also on a shoestring.) We have nothing but a shoestring budget this year.
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