shoeblack

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shoeblack

(ˈʃuːˌblæk)
n
(Professions) (esp formerly) a person who shines boots and shoes

boot•black

(ˈbutˌblæk)

n.
a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.
[1810–20, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shoeblack - a person who polishes shoes and bootsshoeblack - a person who polishes shoes and boots
unskilled person - a person who lacks technical training
Translations

shoeblack

(o.f.) [ˈʃuːblæk] Nlimpiabotas mf inv, lustrabotas mf inv (LAm)
References in classic literature ?
It was in this state that Master Tom lay at half-past seven on the morning following the day of his arrival, and from his clean little white bed watched the movements of Bogle (the generic name by which the successive shoeblacks of the School-house were known), as he marched round from bed to bed, collecting the dirty shoes and boots, and depositing clean ones in their places.
By the locksmith's advice and aid, he was established in business as a shoeblack, and opened shop under an archway near the Horse Guards.
With the social conscience of a documentarian and the eye of a German expressionist, he captured not just browsers but shoeblacks, knife-grinders and milkmen, as well as underworld characters at pinball machines, queues of people outside theatres and a couple in intense conversation at a Lyons Corner House.
Diseases such as syphilis or tuberculosis went unchecked, since not everyone recognised the symptoms and few could afford a doctor's help and added to all this, there were the newly-visible street types, the minstrels able to perform on a street corner at the drop of a hat (or a few pennies), the street urchins who picked pockets for a slice of bread, the young shoeblacks and the flower girls who went barefoot in winter.