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.

Nearby words

  1. boot hill,
  2. boot hook,
  3. boot money,
  4. boot out,
  5. boot topping,
  6. boot up,
  7. boot-cut,
  8. boot-faced,
  9. boot-licker,
  10. bootblack

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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