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    on a shoestring

    Dear teachers,

    Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the meaning of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    How I started up on a shoestring?

    He, too, did not fancy living on a shoestring till Cobb paid him. (P. H. Johnson, “Night and Silence Who is Here”)

    Here can never be a full expansion of technical education while primary and secondary education is run on a shoestring financially...

    John Horrocks, London printer organizing the school in his spare time, said: “We run this event on a shoestring. We have never received a penny subsidy…”

    on a shoestring = on straitened means

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: on a shoestring

    on a meagre/tight budget

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