“boots on the ground” is a code word for “occupation forces,” and those should definitely be ruled out.
Kelly: There's no magic formula—you need the boots on the ground.
In the modern world, boots on the ground can fail on that standard too.
But he did say, “We are asking for almost everything short of boots on the ground.”
Britain's boots Pharmacy did this, and it's not clear why others didn't follow suit.
He took off his coat, and slunk to his armchair, where he began to take off his boots.
He took off his boots in the vestibule and went upstairs quietly.
He cleaned his own boots a little, washed his hands in a puddle, and sang.
If he had civilly asked me to black his boots, I would have done it.
Whether the boots shall be nailed or not is a matter of taste.
footwear, early 14c., from Old French bote "boot" (12c.), with corresponding words in Provençal and Spanish, of unknown origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Originally for riding boots only. An old Dorsetshire word for "half-boots" was skilty-boots [Halliwell, Wright].
"profit, use," Old English bot "help, relief, advantage; atonement," literally "a making better," from Proto-Germanic *boto (see better (adj.)). Cf. German Buße "penance, atonement," Gothic botha "advantage." Now mostly in phrase to boot (Old English to bote).
"to kick," 1877, American English, from boot (n.1). Generalized sense of "eject, kick out" is from 1880. Related: Booted; booting.
"start up a computer," 1975, from bootstrap (v.), a 1958 derived verb from bootstrap (n.) in the computer sense.