Shoehorning

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Shoehorning

The practice of picking and choosing data to fit a previous prediction. For example, if one predicts a recession but the recession does not materialize, one may identify negative economic information to "prove" that the recession (or at least a slowdown) really happened. Shoehorning connotes ignoring contradictory data.
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And a capacity 3,000 crowd shoehorned into the Cumbrians' picturesque Mint Bridge ground were at the point of celebrating a famous victory when stand-off Casey Mee forced his way to the tryline just before the final whistle only to be held up.
Steve Forbes's role as a commentator cannot be shoehorned into federal campaign finance law simply because Forbes is both a journalist and a candidate.
The tree had to be shoehorned in crown first; its upper branches grazed the back wall and its roots nearly blocked the door.
Too often, IT systems were shoehorned into operation after expensive, time-consuming customisation.
Don't think: The vaguely homoerotic Hitler dance, arbitrarily shoehorned in amid the episodic proceedings, may be one of the odder things you'll ever see on TV.
The UCI campus is less than the sum of its ill-coordinated parts; Noguchi's California Plaza, shoehorned into a crass shopping mall, was sadly neglected and quite deserted on recent visits.
In any case, Tillmans' work, though shoehorned into the context of fashion, is always narratively based, whereas what drives traditional fashion stories is another momentum--that of consumption: page after page of the sell.
And despite some additions made since then, certain facilities appropriate to upper grades -- labs, kitchens and athletic space -- were shoehorned into quarters that were not designed to receive them," said Efron.
You get to choose your own look, instead of being shoehorned into someone else's template.
Hull's replay with Sheffield United next Thursday has been shoehorned in between league games against Tottenham on Monday and Blackburn the following Sunday.
First, the hotel was designed in Chicago by architect Charles Whittlesey - who went for an odd hybrid of a European chalet and an American hunting lodge - and then shoehorned it onto the building site in the most suitable fashion.
By contrast, the Skip house was designed for a multi-generational family, is shoehorned on to a double lot and is inward looking.