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A.Word.A.Day--white-shoe

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This week's theme: words with color as metaphors.

white-shoe (hwyt, wyt shoo) noun

Pertaining to a business or those who run it, typically conservative, rich, and elite, in fields such as law, finance, etc.

[Apparently from the earlier popularity of white shoes among such men.]

See more usage examples of white-shoe in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"[John] Street's problem was that, unlike the white-shoe lawyers and sleek inside players who'd mastered this game, his people were new to the trough." Chris Satullo; Not a Crook, But Still a Failure; Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania); Jan 5, 2008.

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