jackboot

[ jak-boot ]
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noun
  1. a sturdy leather boot reaching up over the knee, worn especially by soldiers.

  2. Also called jackboot tactics. brutally bullying, militaristic, or authoritarian measures.

  1. a person who uses such measures.

Origin of jackboot

1
First recorded in 1680–90; jack1 + boot1

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British Dictionary definitions for jackboot

jackboot

/ (ˈdʒækˌbuːt) /


noun
  1. an all-leather military boot, extending up to or above the knee

    • arbitrary, cruel, and authoritarian rule or behaviour

    • (as modifier): jackboot tactics

Derived forms of jackboot

  • jackbooted, adjective

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