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boottopping

[boot-top-ing]
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noun Nautical.
  1. the area between the water lines of a ship when fully loaded and when unloaded.
  2. a distinctive band of paint covering this area.

Origin of boottopping

First recorded in 1760–70; boot1 + topping
Also called boot·top [boot-top] /ˈbutˌtɒp/.
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