- a sturdy leather boot reaching up over the knee, worn especially by soldiers.
- Also called jackboot tactics. brutally bullying, militaristic, or authoritarian measures.
- a person who uses such measures.
Origin of jackboot
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Examples from the Web for jackboot
If you can force your jackboot in the door, you can try to go all the way.Putin’s Dream of Empire Doesn’t Stop at Crimea, Or Even Ukraine
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No American who has 42 choices is going to feel like the jackboot of the state is stomping on his neck.Why Obamacare Could Help the Democrats in 2014
December 5, 2013
"The Duke might as well send his jackboot to lead us," said Pitt to Fox.A History of England, Period III.
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Your supporters are hospitalized by jackboot thugs for sticking up for you.Makers
Successful generals are bad masters, and the jackboot was now supreme at court.The Story of Paris
- an all-leather military boot, extending up to or above the knee
- arbitrary, cruel, and authoritarian rule or behaviour
- (as modifier)jackboot tactics
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Word Origin and History for jackboot
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