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1A brand of boot polish.
- ‘There's another reason the Huskers need a little Shinola for their 11-1 season.’
- ‘Shinola seems to have been a fairly cheap and cheerful product.’
- 1.1US informal Used as a euphemism for ‘shit’‘there'll be the same old Shinola on television’
neither shit nor Shinola
vulgar slang Neither one thing nor the other.
not know shit from Shinola
vulgar slang Used to indicate that someone is ignorant or innocent.‘a doctor who doesn't know shit from Shinola’
Early 20th century: from shine + -ola (suffix chiefly in US usage).
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