boot - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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.

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  2. 2
    British the covered space at the back of a car, used for carrying things in. The American word is trunk.
  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    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