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Boots

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Seven-leagued boots. The boots worn by the giant in the fairy tale, called The Seven-leagued Boots. These boots would stride over seven leagues at a pace.

I measure five feet ten inches without my boots. The allusion is to the chopine or high-heeled boot, worn at one time to increase the stature. Hamlet says of the lady actress, “You are nearer heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine.” (ii. 2.)

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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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Book of Life (The)
Books
Book-keeper
Book-keeping
Bookworm
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