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  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.
  3. a person who uses such measures.

Origin of jackboot

First recorded in 1680–90; jack1 + boot1
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Related Words for jackboot

buskin, jackboot, control, grip

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Contemporary Examples of jackboot

Historical Examples of jackboot

  • "The Duke might as well send his jackboot to lead us," said Pitt to Fox.

  • Your supporters are hospitalized by jackboot thugs for sticking up for you.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Successful generals are bad masters, and the jackboot was now supreme at court.

British Dictionary definitions for jackboot


  1. an all-leather military boot, extending up to or above the knee
    1. arbitrary, cruel, and authoritarian rule or behaviour
    2. (as modifier)jackboot tactics
Derived Formsjackbooted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for jackboot

also jack-boot, 1680s, type of large, strong cavalry boot of 17c.-18c., later a type worn by German military and para-military units in the Nazi period. From jack (n.), though the exact sense here is unclear + boot (n.1). Figurative of military oppression since 1768. Related: Jackbooted.

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