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noun [countable] boot pronunciation in American English /but/
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  1. 1
    a type of shoe that covers all of your foot and part of your leg. You often wear boots to protect your feet and legs, for example from snow or rain
    walking/hiking/riding/ski boots:

    a new pair of ski boots

    ankle/knee/thigh boots:

    She wore black leather ankle boots.

    1. a.
      British a type of shoe that you wear for a particular sport
  2. 2
    American an object that is put on one of the wheels of a car to prevent the driver moving it. Boots are used by the police and by private companies to stop drivers parking illegally.
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    boots on the ground a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict, as opposed to attacking from the air or surveying the situation remotely

    To do the job properly, our politicians are going to have to get over their hang ups about boots on the ground and face up to the reality of the threat we are facing.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 20/08/2014

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