Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, the receiving of one's goods again from a thief, or a compensation for them by way of composition, upon an agreement not to prosecute: a form of compounding felony.

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Examples

  • Ye had better stick to your auld trade o 'theft-boot and blackmail than ruining nations.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 08 — Fiction

  • The Bailie opined that this transaction would amount to theft-boot, or composition of felony; and he recommended that some canny hand should be sent up to the glens to make the best bargain he could, as it were for himself, so that the laird might not be seen in such a transaction.

    The Waverley

  • The Bailie opined that this transaction would amount to theft-boot, or composition of felony; and he recommended that some canny hand should be sent up to the glens to make the best bargain he could, as it were for himself, so that the Laird might not be seen in such a transaction.

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • The Bailie opined that this transaction would amount to theft-boot, or composition of felony; and he recommended that some CANNY

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

  • Ye had better stick to your auld trade o’ theft-boot, black-mail, spreaghs, and gillravaging — better stealing nowte than ruining nations.”

    Rob Roy

  • Ye had better stick to your auld trade o 'theft-boot, black-mail, spreaghs, and gillravaging -- better stealing nowte than ruining nations. "

    Rob Roy — Complete

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