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boot tree

a device of wood, metal, or plastic, inserted in a boot or shoe when it is not being worn, to preserve the shape.
Origin of boot tree
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you have any difficulty harvesting the fruit of your boot-tree, use a boot-jack.

  • So at last she had to take her father's boot-tree and break the jug with that in cold blood.

  • He beat the boot-tree full into the smiling face of Monna Lisa.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
British Dictionary definitions for boot-tree

boot tree

a shoetree for a boot, often having supports to stretch the leg of the boot
a last for making boots
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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