A smooth curved implement, often of plastic or metal, inserted at the heel to help put on a shoe.
tr.v. shoe·horned, shoe·horn·ing, shoe·horns
To squeeze into or as if into an insufficient space: The usher shoehorned us into the back of the crowded theater.
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