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  • n. Plural form of shoeblack.


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  • It's the twenty-first century and we still have maids and waiters and doormen and drivers and guards and caretakers and house painters and tutors and shoeblacks and prostitutes.


  • In France the shoeblacks are all Savoyards, the porters of hotels all Swiss, and in the days of hoops and hair-powder in England, no man could give the regular swing to a sedan-chair but a bog-trotting Irishman.

    The Alhambra

  • Here he is generally surrounded by an admiring throng of hostlers, stable-boys, shoeblacks, and those nameless hangers-on, that infest inns and taverns, and run errands, and do all kind of odd jobs, for the privilege of battening on the drippings of the kitchen and the leakage of the tap-room.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • It was in this state that Master Tom lay at half-past seven on the morning following the day of his arrival, and from his clean little white bed watched the movements of Bogle (the generic name by which the successive shoeblacks of the School-house were known), as he marched round from bed to bed, collecting the dirty shoes and boots, and depositing clean ones in their places.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • In 1851 the novelties included "Electro-biology," i.e. hypnotism; shoeblacks; electric clocks; false legs,2 invented by Palmer, an American; and the supply of tea to the Navy.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • Under the porch of the general post office shoeblacks called and polished.


  • Peripatetic shoeblacks pursued pedestrians, and no sensitive gentleman was safe from them merely because he had carefully and well shined his own shoes before he came out.

    The Perfect Gentleman

  • They sneered at rebel officers of humble origin as convicts and shoeblacks.

    Washington and His Comrades in Arms; a chronicle of the War of Independence

  • Americans yet, except the kind who boast of having begun as shoeblacks, whose great-great-grand-parents didn't cross in the _Mayflower_.

    Set in Silver

  • To make matters worse, politics were allowed to play a prominent part in the selection of officers, and Washington complained that “the different States [were], without regard to the qualifications of an officer, quarrelling about the appointments, and nominating such as are not fit to be shoeblacks, from the attachments of this or that member of Assembly.”

    The True George Washington


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