jackboot

[ jak-boot ]
/ ˈdʒækˌbut /

noun

a sturdy leather boot reaching up over the knee, worn especially by soldiers.
Also called jackboot tactics. brutally bullying, militaristic, or authoritarian measures.
a person who uses such measures.

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Origin of jackboot

First recorded in 1680–90; jack1 + boot1
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British Dictionary definitions for jackboot

jackboot
/ (ˈdʒækˌbuːt) /

noun

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 forms of jackboot

jackbooted, adjective
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