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heelball

[ heel-bawl ]
/ ˈhilˌbɔl /
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noun

a substance composed of lampblack and wax used for making rubbings or for polishing shoes.

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Origin of heelball

1790–1800; heel1 + ball1, originally the ball or undersurface of the heel
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British Dictionary definitions for heelball

heelball
/ (ˈhiːlˌbɔːl) /

noun

  1. a black waxy substance used by shoemakers to blacken the edges of heels and soles
  2. a similar substance used to take rubbings, esp brass rubbings
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