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Bootless Errand

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An unprofitable or futile message. The Saxon bot means “reparation”—“overplus to profit”; as “I will give you that to boot”; “what boots it me?” (what does it profit me?).

“I sent him


Bootless home and weather-beaten back.”


Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV., iii. 1.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Boom
Boom-Passenger (A)
Boon Companion (A)
Boot
Boot-jack
Boots
Boots (an instrument of torture)
Boots
Boots
Boots at an Inn
Bootless Errand
Boötes (Bo-o-tees)
Booth
Boozy
Bor (in Norfolk)
Borachio
Borak
Bord Halfpenny
Bordarii
Border (The)
Border Minstrel