American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A forked device for holding a boot secure while the foot is being withdrawn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An implement of wood or iron used to hold a boot while the foot is drawn out of it.
- n. An actor of utility parts.
- n. a V-shaped, or forked, device for pulling off boots.
- v. slang to steal
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A device for pulling off boots.
- n. has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots
- boot + jack (Wiktionary)
“He backed away in search of the bootjack, making like it was all a big joke.”
“Mr. Grewgious, bolt upright as usual, sat taking his wine in the dusk at his open window; his wineglass and decanter on the round table at his elbow; himself and his legs on the window – seat; only one hinge in his whole body, like a bootjack.”
“‘All right,’ said the ‘Admiral,’ and off the thing thundered, like a fire – engine at full gallop, with the kidnapped customer inside, standing in the position of a half doubled – up bootjack, and falling about with every jerk of the machine, first on the one side, and then on the other, like a”
“On this particular evening the urgency of my case demanded a pint of this mixture, which was poured down my throat, for my greater comfort, while Mrs. Joe held my head under her arm, as a boot would be held in a bootjack.”
“I could have thrown my bootjack at him (it lay ready on the rug), for having entrapped me into the disclosure of anything concerning Agnes, however immaterial.”
“The fact is, that the “Royal Bootjack,” though a humble, was a very genteel house; and a very little persuasion would induce Mr. Crump, as he looked at his own door in the sun, to tell you that he had himself once drawn off with that very bootjack the top-boots of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the first gentleman in Europe.”
“Having delivered himself of this solemn preface, he brought the bootjack.”
“An unrolled parchment map of the Dextral Mountains lay on a low table between them, held open by a decanter of ardent spirits, a silver bootjack, a heavy jeweled dagger, and a candlestick.”
“He wedged his right heel into the bootjack to yank off his riding boot.”
“Except for the week you pouted and treated me like something smelly you might scrape on the bootjack.”
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