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[boot-top-ing] /ˈbutˌtɒp ɪŋ/
noun, Nautical.
the area between the water lines of a ship when fully loaded and when unloaded.
a distinctive band of paint covering this area.
Also called boottop
[boot-top] /ˈbutˌtɒp/ (Show IPA)
Origin of boottopping
First recorded in 1760-70; boot1 + topping Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He did not find the card in any of the pockets, so he went on down and tried the boot-tops.

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

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • 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
  • Midmore did not at all like the feel of the water over his boot-tops.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • His mackintosh swished against his leggings, his leggings piped and whistled over his boot-tops.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • At our feet the platform with the microscope over it hardly reached our boot-tops.

  • His belt fitted trim and taut, and was polished as his boot-tops; Kinsey's sank down over the left hip, and was worn brown.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • "I don't look very neat," replied Puss, rubbing the salt spray from his boot-tops.

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