shoo » shoe

Chiefly in:   a shoe-in

Classification: English – nearly mainstream

Spotted in the wild:

  • A month or so back, when it seemed that Mahmoud Abbas was a shoe in for the leadership of the Palestinians, I opined that based on some comments he’d made (which seemed to support terrorism and terrorists) I wasn’t at all sure there’d be much of a change in the Palestinian/Israeli situtation. (link)
  • Eagles are a shoe-in to host NFC Championship (Gloucester County Times, January 16, 2005)
  • WE’VE been expecting you, Mr Scott. Dougray Scott, the fridge salesman’s son from Glenrothes, was widely considered a shoe-in for the role of James Bond, and even bookmakers had closed betting on the issue. (Scotland on Sunday, 6 Feb 2005)
  • Indeed, even sometime critic Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore’s campaign, was saying on CNN Friday that Dean is practically a shoe-in. (, February 8, 2005)

Analyzed or reported by:

This eggcorn is very common in journalistic writing, but the occurrences tend to be caught later on.

| link | entered by Chris Waigl, 2005/02/09 |


  1. 1

    Commentary by Wayne , 2005/02/15 at 6:45 pm

    I kinda like shoe-in, like once you get the tip of your shoe in the door it’s hard for them to close it.

  2. 2

    Commentary by dadge , 2005/03/08 at 7:51 pm

    Fowler likely a shoe-in to head GOP (headline) (link)

    A lost cause? According to Google, the imposter is beating out the original by five to one.

  3. 3

    Commentary by Sean , 2006/01/01 at 8:57 am

    yeah, I saw shoe so often I though it must be correct - imagined a shoehorn squeezing on the shoe…

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