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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. 2017.
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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'll not call this a bad cruise unless we have to chew our boot-tops.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • 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
  • No bottom to the soil anywhere; the mud and water reached to my boot-tops.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • How uncouth he was, thought he, his trousers in his boot-tops, his coat spare upon his growing frame.

    The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • Midmore did not at all like the feel of the water over his boot-tops.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • At every step the grass mat went below the surface of the water, and we could feel it rising over our boot-tops—cold and horrible.

    Three Times and Out Nellie L. McClung
  • At our feet the platform with the microscope over it hardly reached our boot-tops.

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

  • I went down below, and crossed (over my boot-tops) to the other side, and followed up through the timber.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin

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