white-shoe
adjective Date: 1957 of, associated with, or characteristic of the privileged moneyed upper class ; upper-crust <
a white-shoe law firm
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  • white-shoe — UK US adjective [before noun] FINANCE, LAW ► relating to large, traditional financial or legal businesses: »Everyone from solo practitioners to white shoe law firms is offering help. »Bank trust advisers and white shoe brokers have long handled… …   Financial and business terms

  • white-shoe — ☆ white shoe [hwit′sho͞o΄ ] adj. [from the white shoes fashionable at Ivy League colleges in the 1950s] designating or characteristic of a business company, esp. a law firm or brokerage, in which the partners belong almost exclusively to the… …   English World dictionary

  • white-shoe — adjective denoting a company or law firm owned and run by members of the WASP elite who are generally conservative the politician tried to hide his white shoe background • Similar to: ↑exclusive • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism * * * /hwuyt shooh …   Useful english dictionary

  • white-shoe — /hwuyt shooh , wuyt /, adj. of or pertaining to members of the upper class who own or run large corporations: white shoe bankers; a conservative white shoe image. [1975 80; appar. from the white shoes popular as moderately formal wear among… …   Universalium

  • white-shoe — 1. noun A stereotypical Ivy League student. 2. adjective a) Effeminate or immature. Dulles had been a junior diplomat after World War I and a white shoe Wall Street lawyer in the Depression. b) Establishment; pertaining to mainstream US social… …   Wiktionary

  • white-shoe — adjective US informal denoting a law firm or other company owned and run by members of the Wasp elite and regarded as conservative. Origin with ref. to the white shoes fashionable among Ivy League college students in the 1950s …   English new terms dictionary

  • White shoe firm — is a phrase used to describe the leading professional services firms in the United States, particularly firms that have been in existence for more than a century[citation needed] and represent Fortune 500 companies. It typically but not always… …   Wikipedia

  • White-Shoe Firm — The most prestigious firms in professions such as law, investment banking and management consulting. White shoe firms typically have a blue chip clientele, acquired over the several decades that they have been in existence. The term is believed… …   Investment dictionary

  • white shoe brigade — noun 1. crassly commercial people, especially property developers. 2. the group of businesspeople in Queensland, many of them property developers, who actively supported the 1980s campaign to make Joh Bjelke Petersen prime minister of Australia.… …   Australian English dictionary

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