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bootblack

[boot-blak] /ˈbutˌblæk/
noun
1.
a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.
Origin of bootblack
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20; boot1 + black
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  • One of the servants, named Tom, was the bootblack of the hotel.

  • 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 Greenhorn
  • She did not recognize him, having no idea that it was Tom the bootblack.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • It makes all the difference between a young gentleman and a bootblack.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • "I am not ashamed of having been a bootblack," said our hero, calmly.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • After leaving the bootblack Ralph hardly knew what to do with himself.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • There was Pasquale, the bootblack, who was earning nearly as much as I ever did.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • "I don't want any of his money," said the bootblack contemptuously.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Then he told of the professor's approach, and of his escape by the help of the bootblack.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for bootblack

bootblack

/ˈbuːtˌblæk/
noun
1.
(mainly US) another word for shoeblack
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