the boot


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Noun1.the boot - an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
instrument of torture - an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
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I despatched the first woman-servant I could find to Rosanna's room; and I sent the boy back to say that I myself would follow him with the boot.
When he had finished, he fell into his old attitude, and taking up the boot again, mused for some time.
I will run the risk of the boot," Moody replied, in his quiet way.
Soon the unfortunate girl, through a mist which spread before her eyes, beheld the boot approach; she soon beheld her foot encased between iron plates disappear in the frightful apparatus.
As they were thirsty by this time, Dennis proposed that they should repair together to The Boot, where there was good company and strong liquor.
He had been tortured all night and half a day, yet he could sit and talk like this the moment we cut him down; he had been within a minute of his death, yet he was as full of life as ever; ill-treated and defeated at the best, he could still smile through his blood as though the boot were on the other leg.
Vy didn't you say so before,' said Sam, with great indignation, singling out the boots in question from the heap before him.
A moment was allowed for the first thrill to subside, then Hugo, the villain, stalked in with a clanking sword at his side, a slouching hat, black beard, mysterious cloak, and the boots.
Be sure, O Buli, that the feet go along in the boots.
So spake the boots of the Peacock Inn Islington, at half-past two o'clock on the morning of a day in the early part of November 183-, giving Tom at the same time a shake by the shoulder, and then putting down a candle; and carrying off his shoes to clean.
But she only fell in a sitting posture on the ground, and began to pull at her boots, looking up at him with a crying face as if the boots hurt her.
As you said, I have on the boots of a cavalier, but I do not intend, for all that, to embroil myself with the church this evening.