boot tree

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noun

a device of wood, metal, or plastic, inserted in a boot or shoe when it is not being worn, to preserve the shape.

Origin of boot tree

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for boot tree

  • If you have any difficulty harvesting the fruit of your boot-tree, use a boot-jack.

  • So at last she had to take her father's boot-tree and break the jug with that in cold blood.

  • He beat the boot-tree full into the smiling face of Monna Lisa.

    Poppy|Cynthia Stockley

British Dictionary definitions for boot tree

boot tree

noun

a shoetree for a boot, often having supports to stretch the leg of the boot
a last for making boots

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