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[boot-jak] /ˈbutˌdʒæk/
a yokelike device for catching the heel of a boot, as a riding boot, to aid in removing it.
a notch or molding for the same purpose, cut into a piece of furniture.
Origin of bootjack
1835-45; boot1 + jack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I put up at bootjack camp on the raging Willow River, where the gay-plumaged chipmunk and the spruce gum have their home.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • He then said to his dog, 'Dandie, I cannot find my bootjack; search for it.'

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • In a hunting country, there should be a bootjack and boothooks in the closet.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • The bootjack doesn't make the souvenir; it's the souvenir makes the bootjack, doesn't it?

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • Jarvis Kerruish was on the settle pushing off his slush-covered boots with a bootjack.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • "Leave the room," says master, starting up and catching of his bootjack.

  • Having delivered himself of this solemn preface, he brought the bootjack.

  • And Boots could assure me—which he did, touching his hair with his bootjack—that he hadn't found it yet.

  • But when man makes a vise, or a wedge, or a bootjack, he uses his individual intelligence.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • And it was evident that Toby did not know about bringing the bootjack.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for bootjack


a device that grips the heel of a boot to enable the foot to be withdrawn easily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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