from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A shoelace.

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  • n. A long lace for fastening boots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a long lace for fastening boots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The string or cord for fastening a boot or half-boot; a shoe-string.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long lace for fastening boots


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  • Slim was dressed as always in giant-buckled jeans, ornate cowboy boots, several bootlace ties and a hat with a genuine snakeskin wrapped around it.

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  • Charm him with snappy banter, then strangle him with a bootlace.

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  • We considered this problem while the tortoise investigated my bootlace.

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  • All that remains intact is metal: the clicking heel studs, the little bootlace eyes, and a million hobnails, tacks and studs.


  • Off she sets in search of victuals and adventure: to the front porch of Ms. Golson's farmhouse, where she encounters a bootlace ( "Yuck, this worm is very dry," she thinks); into the breakfast room, where she gobbles some leftover cornflakes; even into the cab of a vintage red pickup truck.

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  • And poke a hole through the nut with a skewer and slip a tough bootlace through the hole, a lace long enough to wind around the hand two or three times.


  • Search me, said Quintin, winding a liquorice bootlace round his fat finger and nibbling on the end.

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  • Andrea had squatted, pretending to tie her bootlace, looked around, and then rolled under the wooden platform.

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  • On the orders of her 52-year-old father and uncle, Ari Mahmod, 50, she was strangled with a bootlace by Kurdish assassins, her body stuffed in a suitcase and buried six feet down in the garden of a house belonging to an associate in Birmingham.

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  • Banaz Mahmod, 20, was subjected to the 2-1/2 hour ordeal before she was garroted with a bootlace.

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