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seven-league boots

[sev-uh n-leeg] /ˈsɛv ənˌlig/
plural noun
fairy-tale boots enabling the wearer to reach seven leagues at a stride.
Origin of seven-league boots
1805-15; translation of French bottes de sept lieues in the fairy tales of C. Perrault, especially Le petit Poucet (English Hop-o'-my-Thumb) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Have I reached my dotage by the way of the seven-league boots?

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • How he wished he had the seven-league boots on, or that he had the cap of darkness in his pocket!

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • These are seven-league boots—so that I have come about two thousand miles.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • Hugo, running as if with seven-league boots, was thrown on his face by the concussion.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • She seemed suddenly to have stepped away from me as on seven-league boots.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • "I hear the Cholera is approaching in his seven-league boots," she cried.

  • But Macbeth and Banquo must have had on their seven-league boots.

  • It was as though with seven-league boots he had crossed the centuries!

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck
  • She goes over these hills as if she had on seven-league boots.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • There could be no doubt; I had seven-league boots on my feet!

    The Worlds Greatest Books Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.

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