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slyboots

[slahy-boots] /ˈslaɪˌbuts/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
an engagingly sly or mischievous person.
Origin of slyboots
1690-1700
1690-1700; sly + boots (plural of boot1), used metonymically; cf. boots
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  • If slyboots had eaten tit-bits in moderation, he might be sitting on the poker to this day.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • "He is not named Finot" (finaud, slyboots) "for nothing," said Lucien.

  • Maida, you slyboots, you must have done all this after we left.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • It was to this seat that slyboots elevated himself by his own choice, and became the Kitchen Crow.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • He became a member of the family, and received the name of slyboots, for reasons with which it is unnecessary to trouble you.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • It was the fairy, slyboots, the Queen's favorite messenger, and the most mischievous sprite in her dominions.

    The Fairy Nightcaps Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • slyboots grinned sideways at the maids of honor, but bowed, with a great show of penitence, to his Queen.

    The Fairy Nightcaps Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • At this, slyboots rushed off in such a haste, and with such a wicked gleam in his eye, that I smelt mischief immediately.

    The Fairy Nightcaps Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • Don't be afraid, Brownie; but tell me, with perfect truth, what did slyboots employ you about this evening?

    The Fairy Nightcaps Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • With his back against the rose-leaves, and his shield on guard, slyboots waited for the fray.

    The Fairy Nightcaps Frances Elizabeth Barrow
British Dictionary definitions for slyboots

slyboots

/ˈslaɪˌbuːts/
plural noun
1.
(functioning as sing) a person who is sly
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