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[hob-neyld] /ˈhɒbˌneɪld/
furnished with hobnails.
rustic or loutish.
Origin of hobnailed
First recorded in 1590-1600; hobnail + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The shadow of his hobnailed boots was enormous and coffin-like.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The shadow of his hobnailed boots was enormous and coffinlike.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • I would have let them jump on my chest with their hobnailed boots first!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Do you suppose WE care for the opinion of that hobnailed lout of a Paris?

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • In the silence a noise of hobnailed haste rose on the still air.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • I expected a homespun suit, hobnailed boots, and a flannel shirt.

    Master of Men E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • No man is a match for a woman, except with a poker and a pair of hobnailed boots.

    Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • These beasts are all clodhoppers, and their feet are hobnailed boots.

    Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  • Get off my clothes this instant, you hobnailed son of a something-or-other!

    News from the Duchy

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • hobnailed it may be, and the most interesting thing within his frontiers, but he would blush to mention it to a lady.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken

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