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A person who cleans and polishes shoes for a living.


(Professions) chiefly US another word for shoeblack



a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.
[1810–20, Amer.]
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Noun1.bootblack - a person who polishes shoes and bootsbootblack - a person who polishes shoes and boots
unskilled person - a person who lacks technical training


[ˈbuːtblæk] Nlimpiabotas mf inv, bolero/a m/f (Mex), embolador(a) m/f (Col)
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Then he flattered himself that he looked like a true Briton, but the first time he had the mud cleaned off his shoes, the little bootblack knew that an American stood in them, and said, with a grin, "There yer har, sir.
I have known what it is to be a street-waif, a bootblack, living upon a crust of bread and sleeping in cellar stairways and under empty wagons.
After that we had everything of note, the bootblack boy, the toper with bottle, the woolly rabbit that squeaks when you hold it in your mouth; they all vanished as inexplicably as the lady, but I dared not tell him my suspicions, for he suspected also and his gentle heart would have mourned had I confirmed his fears.
eventually turned loose to prey upon the world as a bootblack or
bootblacks, thimble-riggers, street arabs, beggars, the blear-eyed beggars, thieves, the weakly, vagabonds, merchants, sham soldiers, goldsmiths, passed masters of pickpockets, isolated thieves.
He has relationships, both official and social, with the leaders of the community, political, religious, economic, educational; and to him the porter and the bootblack are real persons.
In 2015, he moved to provide some philosophical mediation and contemplation in an ironic way in his outstanding novel "A Man Who Hates Shoes", aiming to portray the miserable life of the bootblack who is waiting for a miracle to change his pathetic circumstances and austere life.
Now called Drummer North America (or DNA) it is a contest for gay men, featuring: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack.
With all the weird stuff pitchers have been known to employ to get an advantage over hitters, what could be so wrong with applying bootblack to the ball, say, so games are not prolonged or unduly affected by the sun's quirky rays?
We are now seeing the resurgence of shoe polish brands in advertising, a practise few marketers could afford when cheap Chinese bootblack flooded the Continent a decade back.
Devastated by Norma's infidelity, Mares sets forth on a process of self-transformation by assuming the identity of a charnego bootblack himself in order to win her back.
This image was presented in 1915 by El Liberal of Salonika in the form of a saying (refran) about Salonikan immigrants--"a bootblack I will become, with bread and water I will be sustained, in the game of luck I will take my chances, so that I might be saved" (lustradji me ago, kon pan i agua me mantenga, en la tavla me echo, en tal de salir anado).