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bootjack

[boot-jak] /ˈbutˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
a yokelike device for catching the heel of a boot, as a riding boot, to aid in removing it.
2.
a notch or molding for the same purpose, cut into a piece of furniture.
Origin of bootjack
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; boot1 + jack1
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  • He then said to his dog, 'Dandie, I cannot find my bootjack; search for it.'

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • The bootjack doesn't make the souvenir; it's the souvenir makes the bootjack, doesn't it?

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • "Leave the room," says master, starting up and catching of his bootjack.

  • And Boots could assure me—which he did, touching his hair with his bootjack—that he hadn't found it yet.

  • And it was evident that Toby did not know about bringing the bootjack.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
  • In a hunting country, there should be a bootjack and boothooks in the closet.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • He turned to his assistant, who stood beside him, bootjack in hand.

    Fire-Tongue Sax Rohmer
  • Forcing an unjust war on a weak tribe is a different thing from misdirecting a bootjack.

    Carlyon Sahib Gilbert Murray
  • But when man makes a vise, or a wedge, or a bootjack, he uses his individual intelligence.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Suppose you do discover that in the summer of 1820 an English major threw a bootjack at his syce?

    Carlyon Sahib Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for bootjack

bootjack

/ˈbuːtˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
a device that grips the heel of a boot to enable the foot to be withdrawn easily
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