jackboot-tactics

jackboot

[jak-boot]
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:
1680–90; jack1 + boot1

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jackboot (ˈdʒækˌbuːt)
 
n
1.  an all-leather military boot, extending up to or above the knee
2.  a.  arbitrary, cruel, and authoritarian rule or behaviour
 b.  (as modifier): jackboot tactics
 
'jackbooted
 
adj

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jackboot
1686, type of large, strong cavalry boot of 17c.-18c., later a type worn by Ger. soldiers in the Nazi period. From jack (q.v.), though the exact sense here is unclear + boot. Figurative of military oppression since 1768.
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