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jackboot

[jak-boot] /ˈdʒækˌbut/
noun
1.
a sturdy leather boot reaching up over the knee, worn especially by soldiers.
2.
Also called jackboot tactics. brutally bullying, militaristic, or authoritarian measures.
3.
a person who uses such measures.
Origin of jackboot
1680-1690
1680-90; jack1 + boot1
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  • Your supporters are hospitalized by jackboot thugs for sticking up for you.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Successful generals are bad masters, and the jackboot was now supreme at court.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • "The Duke might as well send his jackboot to lead us," said Pitt to Fox.

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British Dictionary definitions for jackboot

jackboot

/ˈdʒækˌbuːt/
noun
1.
an all-leather military boot, extending up to or above the knee
2.
  1. arbitrary, cruel, and authoritarian rule or behaviour
  2. (as modifier): jackboot tactics
Derived Forms
jackbooted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for jackboot
n.

also jack-boot, 1680s, type of large, strong cavalry boot of 17c.-18c., later a type worn by German military and para-military units in the Nazi period. From jack (n.), though the exact sense here is unclear + boot (n.1). Figurative of military oppression since 1768. Related: Jackbooted.

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