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seven-league boots

[sev-uh n-leeg] /ˈsɛv ənˌlig/
plural noun
1.
fairy-tale boots enabling the wearer to reach seven leagues at a stride.
Origin of seven-league boots
1805-1815
1805-15; translation of French bottes de sept lieues in the fairy tales of C. Perrault, especially Le petit Poucet (English Hop-o'-my-Thumb)
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  • Have I reached my dotage by the way of the seven-league boots?

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • How he wished he had the seven-league boots on, or that he had the cap of darkness in his pocket!

    Prince Prigio Andrew Lang
  • And hope shall come: a friend more fleet than seven-league boots.

    Everychild Louis Dodge
  • Hugo, running as if with seven-league boots, was thrown on his face by the concussion.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • It is the synthetic, or apperceptive, activity of the mind that gives the “seven-league boots” to genius.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • She seemed suddenly to have stepped away from me as on seven-league boots.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • Dick now seemed to stride towards felicity with seven-league boots.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • "I hear the Cholera is approaching in his seven-league boots," she cried.

  • But perhaps the cobbler's most famous customer was a well-known giant who ordered of him his seven-league boots.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • But Macbeth and Banquo must have had on their seven-league boots.

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