heel ball


a substance composed of lampblack and wax used for making rubbings or for polishing shoes.

1790–1800; heel1 + ball1, orig. the ball or undersurface of the heel

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heelball (ˈhiːlˌbɔːl)
a.  a black waxy substance used by shoemakers to blacken the edges of heels and soles
 b.  a similar substance used to take rubbings, esp brass rubbings

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