- The definition of a shoehorn is a curved piece of plastic or metal that helps you to get your heel into the back of your shoe.
When you go to try on shoes and the salesman uses a plastic curved piece to help your heel slide more easily into the back of the shoe, this curved piece is an example of a shoehorn.
- Shoehorn is to try to force something into a space that is too small.
When you try to force an entire house full of furniture into a one-bedroom apartment, this is an example of a time when you try to shoehorn.
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