from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wearing top-boots.


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  • We're just one generation—we're breaking all the links that seemed to bind us here to top-booted and high-stocked generations.

    Book 1, Chapter 4. Narcissus Off Duty.

  • We're just one generation -- we're breaking all the links that seemed to bind us here to top-booted and high-stocked generations.

    This Side of Paradise

  • One would not readily associate the party of top-booted sewermen who descend nightly to the subterranean passages of London with the stout viceconsul at Durazzo.

    The Clue of the Twisted Candle

  • Then more street-cars; then a butcher's cart loaded with the carcasses of calves -- red, black, piebald -- or an express wagon with a yellow cur yelping from its rear; then, it may be, an insolently venturesome landau, with crested panel and top-booted coachman.

    With the Procession

  • George Eliot, have a lingering liking for nasal clerks and top-booted clerics, and sigh for the departed shades of vulgar errors.

    The Parish Clerk

  • When the sisters drove, their natty little Filipino team flashed through the lanes and streets at top speed, the springy Victoria bounding at their heels to the imminent peril of the cockaded hats of the dusky coach and footman, if not even to the seats of those trim, white-coated, big-buttoned, top-booted, impassive little

    Found in the Philippines The Story of a Woman's Letters

  • Mine, I fear, is not a well-regulated mind: it has an occasional tenderness for old abuses; it lingers with a certain fondness over the days of nasal clerks and top-booted parsons, and has a sigh for the departed shades of vulgar errors.

    George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings and Philosophy

  • I felt a strange and insurmountable reluctance to hear the sickening particulars detailed; and as I stood irresolute at some distance from the principal parties, a top-booted squireen, with a hunting whip in his hand, bustling up to a companion of his, exclaimed:

    The Purcell Papers, Volume I

  • A stranger will have remarked with surprise that there are but few, very few, of the knee-breeched, top-booted, double-chinned, jolly, old-class farmers amongst the numerous groups who are either watching their sample-bags and waiting for customers, or chewing and smelling handfuls of wheat and barley, and casting what they do not swallow on the flags, already carpeted with grain.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 420 Volume 17, New Series, January 17, 1852

  • Lawlesses innumerable, attended by shoals of top-booted shrimps -- the visionary shrimp being a sort of compromise between the boy so called and the real article -- drove impossible dog-carts drawn by quadrupeds whose heads and necks bore a striking resemblance to the waltz-loving

    Frank Fairlegh Scenes From The Life Of A Private Pupil


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