- a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.
Origin of bootblack
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Examples from the Web for bootblack
One of the servants, named Tom, was the bootblack of the hotel.The Expressman and the Detective
He can be a bootblack, a servant, a barber, perhaps a teamster.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
He was finally carried to bed in the custody of the bootblack.City Crimes
She did not recognize him, having no idea that it was Tom the bootblack.
It makes all the difference between a young gentleman and a bootblack.
- mainly US another word for shoeblack
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