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Denver boot

n.
A device locked to the wheel of a parked vehicle to keep it from being driven, used especially to force payment of fines for unpaid parking tickets.

[After Denverone of the first cities to use it.]
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Denver boot

n
(Automotive Engineering) a slang name for wheel clamp
[C20: from Denver, Colorado, where the device was first used]
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Den′ver boot′


n.
a metal device attached to the wheel of a parked car so that it cannot be driven away until a fine is paid or the owner reports to the police: used by the police to catch scofflaws.
[1965–70; after Denver, Colorado, one of the first large communities to adopt the device]
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Translations

Denver boot

[ˌdenvəˈbuːt] Denver clamp [ˌdenvəˈklæmp] N (US) → cepo m
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Denver boot

n (inf: = car clamp) → Parkkralle f
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Those people--and others with any valuables on wheeled trailers--wanted Denver Boots as theft deterrents in case the Y2K bug brought civilization to its knees.
People have cursed the parking gods after finding their car immobilized by a Colorado-made Denver Boot, and thanked everybody and their mother after receiving a Ridgway-made Grammy Award.
Frank Marugg was a violinist in the Denver Symphony Orchestra (a predecessor to the Colorado Symphony) before he made an everlasting mark on parking enforcement with the invention of the wheel clamp, better known as the Denver Boot. "He was a patternmaker and he even made his own violin," says Clancy Chief Financial Officer Liz Wolfson.
Marugg invented the Denver Boot in 1944, and the Denver Police Department was his first customer in the mid-1950s.

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