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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A store insider said: 'He came in and asked if we had any Manolo Blahnik shoehorns in stock.
For dressing, long shoehorns and elastic shoelaces are offered.
And it shoehorns in a smart message about overpriced corporate shoes endorsed by athletes just as the new Air Jordans - costing a cool $200 a pair - prepare to hit the market.