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on a shoestring

on a shoestring

Date: May 11 2006


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“My favorite films are those that were made on a shoestring.”

Alan Moore, creator of V for Vendetta, talking about the kind of movies he likes.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

using very little money

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

If you live on a shoestring, you have very little money and live very cheaply. For example, many college students live on a shoestring budget. They eat cheap food, buy cheap clothes, and live in cheap apartments.

In the example above, Alan Moore is saying that he prefers movies that do not cost a lot of money to make. He thinks that movies made on a shoestring require a lot more creativity to make the movie good.

For you hardcore travelers, Lonely Planet publishes a series of books about traveling on a shoestring, such as Europe on a Shoestring, South East Asia on a Shoestring and New York City on a Shoestring. These books list inexpensive hotels, cheap restaurants, and affordable sightseeing activities.

When you travel, do you like to do it on a shoestring or do you like to spend a lot of money?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Penny traveled around Europe on a shoestring.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

hossein99 a small or inadequate budget
by hossein99
Alan Moore says that he prefers those movies made with short financial resources.
by dolenta
I think that it means "very little money".
by changge12345
Maybe the movies that costed very little money.
by dorothywang
a small amount of money
by aprilapp
Small sum of money, low bugdet
by mrgiba
danhp1 I guess It is a small money
by danhp1
with a small amount of money
by Allegra
His favourite films are those which were made with very little money.
by Zully Tabarez
ivy_tao use money as less as possible
by ivy_tao
short of fund or even no fund
by davidzong
movies made with the lowest budgets
by amirbiglarbeigi
it refer to describe that use wery little budget on something
by nono_leehom
teddy008 with little money
by teddy008

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I sometimes shoestring too

05:27 PM Dec 25 2008 |




i’m a student and i live on a shoestring

03:27 PM Dec 05 2008 |



I am one of the college students who live on a shoestring(_)

06:39 AM Mar 06 2008 |



My favorite films are those were made on a shoestring too, but I don’t like liveing on a shoestring

06:03 AM Mar 02 2008 |




we went to Tai moutain on a shoestrong.

12:26 PM Feb 13 2008 |





03:24 PM May 11 2006 |




ah,I got it!

09:35 AM May 11 2006 |

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