from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Wearing jackboots.
- adj. Cruelly and violently oppressive: "a revival of the aggressive, jack-booted militarism of the Thirties and Forties” ( Saturday Review).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Wearing a pair of jackboots.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wearing jackboots; -- used especially as a metaphor for harshly repressive and militaristic.
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Have his "jackbooted" ATF thugs burn down all of Tennessee?
Under anarchy there would at least no longer be bullshit non-crimes like Failure to Obey a Police Officer a charge which is incomprehensible except as a supposed crime against the supposed authority of the State, and if some rogue security agency went ahead and tried to inflict this kind of jackbooted thuggery on an innocent man like Phil Sano, there would at least be the possibility of an effective recourse and for the violent creeps who attacked him to be held directly, individually accountable by competing agencies or by independent, grassroots alternatives.
The jackbooted thugs of Brussels were, we were told, going to "kill the internet".
The Time article quotes a "self-described colonel" in a Kentucky militia, who channels LaPierre's incendiary rhetoric by predicting war with "the jackbooted thugs of Washington."
LaPierre has made a career of spreading the nonsense that the "jackbooted thugs" are always "lying in the weeds" waiting for the chance to take away everyone's guns.
Don't be so naive about what's in these peoples minds – or try to be patronizing to these jackbooted teabaggers.
If you plan to send the jackbooted thugs to help her understand that she is spreading fishy disinformation, give me a heads up so I can be out of the house.
Kevin Terrell, a self-described colonel who founded a group of "freedom fighters" in Kentucky and predicts war with "the jackbooted thugs" of Washington within a year, says he has to fend off hotheads who call him a "keyboard commando."
Liberal democrats are just a bunch of jackbooted thugs that hate every one that does not agree with their far left views of how our country should be ran.
At its most innocuous we see it play out in the boos, cheers and movements of a crowd at a sporting event; at its most devastating we see it in "a parade of jackbooted stormtroopers goose-stepping in unison".