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boottopping

[boot-top-ing]
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noun Nautical.
  1. the area between the water lines of a ship when fully loaded and when unloaded.
  2. a distinctive band of paint covering this area.

Origin of boottopping

First recorded in 1760–70; boot1 + topping
Also called boot·top [boot-top] /ˈbutˌtɒp/.
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Examples from the Web for boot-tops

Historical Examples

  • He did not find the card in any of the pockets, so he went on down and tried the boot-tops.

    Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"

    An Old Scout

  • I put it on, and I buttoned it from my throat-latch down to my boot-tops.

  • I forgot all about not meaning to get wet, for I was in over my boot-tops directly.

    Devon Boys

    George Manville Fenn

  • I'll not call this a bad cruise unless we have to chew our boot-tops.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • No bottom to the soil anywhere; the mud and water reached to my boot-tops.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward